173. [N02699] Washing Sheep c. 1806–7
THE TATE GALLERY, LONDON (2699)
Canvas, 33 1/4 × 45 7/8 (84·5 × 116·5)
Coll. Turner Bequest 1856 (? one of 219–35); transferred to the Tate Gallery 1910.
Exh. R.A. 1974–5 (144).
Lit. Gage 1969, p. 37.
Possibly the same stretch of river as that shown in two drawings in the ‘Thames, from Reading to Walton’ sketchbook of c. 1806 (XCV-31 and 37). Christopher Pinsent, in a letter of 2 March 1970, has suggested that the scene may be on the Wey.
Despite discreet restoration the main damages caused by folding and neglect have been left; these may have been accentuated when the facing paper was removed after relining c. 1910.
[from] Nos. 160–76: Large Thames Sketches c. 1806–7
THIS group of seventeen sketches on canvas from the Turner bequest, though carried to different degree of finish, are all similar in technique, being lightly painted over a dry chalky ground, and are all roughly similar in size save for Sketch for ‘Harvest Dinner, Kingston Bank’, which measures only 24 × 36 in. (No…