Joseph Mallord William Turner The Pavilion, Isleworth, with Sion Ferry House and Syon House 1805

Artwork details

The Pavilion, Isleworth, with Sion Ferry House and Syon House
Date 1805
Medium Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 150 x 258 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XC 72 a
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Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. This a view looking downstream, probably from a boat. Sion (or Syon) Ferry House, Turner’s Thames-side residence at this time, is on the left and Syon House in the middle distance. For Robert Mylne’s Pavilion see especially folio 3 of the sketchbook (D05494). Hill directs attention to ‘a Claudian version of the same view’ in the Wey, Guildford sketchbook (Tate D06195; Turner Bequest XCVIII 11), but the present sketch is from a slightly different angle and excludes the east end of All Saints’ Church on the left while extending further away from Syon House on the right. A watercolour of a similar view is in the Hesperides (1) sketchbook (Tate D05784; Turner Bequest XCIII 11) and a close-up view presumed to be Sion Ferry House comes from the dismembered Thames from Reading to Walton sketchbook (Tate D05952: Turner Bequest XCV 48).

David Blayney Brown
August 2007

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