Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Syon Reach, Looking Upstream towards Isleworth Church in the Distance on the Right

1805

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 258 x 361 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05937
Turner Bequest XCV 33

Catalogue entry

This is a left-hand page from the sketchbook. Hill compares the subject to a watercolour of another probable Thames scene (Manchester Art Gallery).1 The church tower in the right distance looks like All Saints’, Isleworth. Contesting Wilkinson’s opinion that this composition ‘with its odd intervals and uneasy horizon’ is perhaps ‘out of the first rank’, Hill considers that Turner ‘attains a condition almost of transcendence’ in manifesting ‘his retirement from society’ and depicting ‘Nature, as it were, unrobed’.2
1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.346 no.412.
2
Hill 1993, p.45.
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
February 2009

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