Joseph Mallord William TurnerThe Thames near Isleworth with a Double Rainbow 1805

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Artist
Title
The Thames near Isleworth with a Double Rainbow
From Hesperides (1) Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XCIII
Date 1805
MediumPen and ink on paper
Dimensionssupport: 171 x 262 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05837
Turner Bequest XCIII 40 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 40 Verso:
The Thames near Isleworth with a Double Rainbow 1805
D05837
Turner Bequest XCIII 40a
Pen and ink and watercolour, with scratching out, on white wove paper, prepared with a grey wash, 171 x 262 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of a group of watercolour studies of Thames scenery that occupy some of the later folios of the sketchbook; see chiefly 38 verso (D05833) and Introduction to the book for comment. Edward Croft-Murray, in a pencil annotation to a copy of Finberg in the Tate Library, identified the subject as ‘Kew’ while Hill prefers Isleworth, comparing it to a watercolour formerly in the Thames from Reading to Walton sketchbook (Tate D05953; Turner Bequest XCV 49) with similar scenery, barges and punts. A rainbow appears, probably also near Isleworth, on folio 42 verso (D05840). Hill notes the fitful and stormy weather during the summer of 1805.1

David Blayney Brown
October 2007

1
Hill 1993, pp.31–2.

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