Joseph Mallord William Turner Study for ‘View of Richmond Hill and Bridge’ 1805

Artwork details

Study for ‘View of Richmond Hill and Bridge’
From Hesperides (1) Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XCIII
Date 1805
Medium Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 171 x 262 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XCIII 35 a
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Catalogue entry

This is one of two composition studies in this sketchbook for View of Richmond Hill and Bridge exhibited at Turner’s Gallery in 1808 (Tate N00557).1 The other, seen from rather nearer, is on folio 37 verso (D05831). The present version is followed more closely in the picture but, as Hill notes, Turner omitted some of the foreground activity seen in the drawing. A related figure sketch is on folio 38 (D05832).

David Blayney Brown
October 2007

Butlin and Joll 1984, p.56 no.73 (pl.83).

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