Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study for ‘View of Richmond Hill and Bridge’

c.1805–8

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 171 x 262 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05831
Turner Bequest XCIII 37 a

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 Hill describes it as the first of three related drawings including a figure sketch on folio 38 (D05832). Edward Croft-Murray, in a pencil annotation to a copy of Finberg in the Tate Library, was the first to recognise the view, adding that it is taken from near Asgill House, looking upstream. Hill notes the presence of the Star and Garter building on the left of the boat’s mast. The second study, from rather further away on the Surrey bank of the Thames, is folio 35 verso (D05827).

David Blayney Brown
October 2007

1
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.56 no.73 (pl.83).

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