From the mid 1820s Turner was involved in the production of illustrations for the annual pocket-books produced by rival publishers for the Christmas market. This is a colour study, preparatory to the view of the Thames from Richmond Hill engraved by Edward Goodall for the Literary Souvenir in 1826. This included a number of elegant figures enjoying the famous prospect, including ladies with parasols whose forms are clearly anticipated on the left of this watercolour.
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