Joseph Mallord William Turner

The River Thames from Richmond Hill

c.1816–19

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 155 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10545
Turner Bequest CXL 68 a

Catalogue entry

As in adjacent sketches in the sketchbook in its present foliation, the subject is surely the Thames from Richmond Hill. The river is visible on the left. Compare especially the right portion of the watercolour of Richmond Hill (Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight)1 engraved by Edward Goodall in 1826 for The Literary Souvenir but probably originally intended for Picturesque Views in England and Wales. The watercolour includes the two groups of trees and building with chimneys drawn here.
For another drawing of houses among trees below Richmond hill see folio 80 verso (D10553; Turner Bequest CXL 72a).

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.359 no.518.

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