Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Playden Heights, Rye, from the River Rother

c.1806–10

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 216 x 153 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05765
Turner Bequest XCII 46

Catalogue entry

Edward Croft-Murray, in annotations to a copy of Finberg now in Tate’s Library, suggested ‘Winchelsea’ for this subject, but the boats in the foreground indicate a river wider than the Brede as it passes below that town and thus likely to be the Rother below Playden or Rye. For a drawing certainly of Rye from the Rother see folio 8 of the sketchbook (D05764; Turner Bequest XCII 45).
Finberg records that this was one of four leaves from the sketchbook ‘found loose’.
The leaf is stained along the left margin.
Verso:
Blank, inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘150. I. [crossed out] 1251’

David Blayney Brown
April 2010

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