Joseph Mallord William Turner
Windsor Castle from Salt Hill c.1807

Artwork details

Windsor Castle from Salt Hill
Date c.1807
Medium Oil paint on mahogany veneer
Dimensions Support: 276 x 737 mm
frame: 455 x 908 x 70 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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This, and the painting hung on the oppsoite wall, comes from a group of eighteen small sketches of the Thames which Turner painted on mahogany veneer. It is thought that they were probably completed out of doors, perhaps painted on a small boat. They are the closest Turner came to what Constable described as 'natural painture'. However, there is a notable difference between the two artists. Whereas Constable is concerned with making direct, even random, observations
of nature, Turner shows a greater interest
in the overall composition.

September 2004

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