Richard Wilson The Thames near Marble Hill, Twickenham c.1762

Artwork details

Artist
Richard Wilson 1713–1782
Title
The Thames near Marble Hill, Twickenham
Date c.1762
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 464 x 730 mm
frame: 655 x 940 x 85 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1937
Reference
N04874
Not on display

Display caption

This tranquil view shows a stretch of the Thames seen from the south bank of the river upstream from Richmond. The gable of the Palladian-style villa, Marble Hill House, can be seen peeping through the trees on the right. Wilson’s view is selective: he leaves out the busy river traffic and neighbouring houses.

The fine scenery around Twickenham was an inspiration to artists and poets during the eighteenth century: Alexander Pope and later Joshua Reynolds were amongst those who lived in the area. With its echoes of his beloved Italy, it proved a popular subject for Wilson, who painted several versions of this view.

August 2004

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