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Late in 1804 or early in 1805 Turner rented Syon Ferry House, beside the Thames at Isleworth, west of London, as an escape from the city. Besides using it as a base for explorations of the river, and a campaign of sketching from nature in oil and watercolour, he made a number of views from its own grounds. From a sketchbook used in 1805, this watercolour may have been taken from a summerhouse in the garden, looking down to the river.

August 2004