Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Thames at Runnymede, Looking towards Windsor


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 75 x 117 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXIII 11 a

Catalogue entry

The initial ‘W’ presumably indicates this as a view towards Windsor Castle, about four miles north-west up the Thames from Runnymede, which is opposite Ankerwycke Priory, shown on folio 9 verso and the recto of the present sheet (D08379, D08381). One of the drawings on folio 12 verso (D08384) is inscribed ‘Windsor’ in full. The valley is more wooded today and the castle is obscured from this point. Nearby Egham, mentioned in Turner’s accounts on folio 1 recto (D08362), was at or near the start of his West Country itinerary (see the introduction to the 1811 tour). Runnymede appears in Turner’s poetry on folio 26 recto (D08410), and Windsor on folio 28 verso (D08414).

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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