Joseph Mallord William Turner

Windsor Castle from the Thames

c.1807–19

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 222 x 295 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08185
Turner Bequest CXVIII e

Display caption

This drawing of Windsor Castle from Salt Hill was made for an unpublished plate for Turner's series of illustrations of different types of landscape composition, the Liber Studiorum. This included numerous examples of British scenery. As a royal residence and a picturesque castle, Windsor was both the focus of patriotic sentiment and the climax of the contemporary tourist's Thames itinerary. Turner nevertheless places it in a hazy distance, juxtaposed with a humble scene of sheep-washing in the foreground.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry