Joseph Mallord William Turner The Thames near Isleworth with a Double Rainbow 1805

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The Thames near Isleworth with a Double Rainbow
From Hesperides (1) Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XCIII
Date 1805
Medium Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 171 x 262 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XCIII 40 a
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Catalogue entry

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

Hill 1993, pp.31–2.

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