Joseph Mallord William TurnerThe Thames from Richmond Hill, Looking West 1805

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Artist
Title
The Thames from Richmond Hill, Looking West
Date 1805
MediumPen and ink on paper
Dimensionssupport: 150 x 258 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05522
Turner Bequest XC 22
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 22 Recto:
The Thames from Richmond Hill, Looking West 1805
D05522
Turner Bequest XC 22
Pen and ink on off-white wove paper, prepared with a grey wash, 150 x 258 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘22’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XC 22’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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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