Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Thames from Richmond Hill, Looking West

1805

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 150 x 258 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05522
Turner Bequest XC 22

Catalogue entry

The view is upstream, over the Petersham meadows and towards Marble Hill and Twickenham. Hill notes that this is one of four views from Richmond Hill seen through trees; the others are on folios 23, 25 and 25 (D05523, D05524, D05526). He speculates on Turner’s ‘difficulty seeing the views for the trees’1 and imagines him ‘measuring the extent to which the reality of Richmond conformed to the ideal’2 of classical landscape as represented by Claude Lorrain.

David Blayney Brown
August 2007

1
Hill 1993, p.161.
2
Ibid., p.56.

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