J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Classical River or Harbour 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 15 Recto:
A Classical River or Harbour 1805
D05511
Turner Bequest XC 15
Pen and ink on off-white wove paper, prepared with a grey wash, 150 x 258 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘15’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XC 15’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A similar composition, with the addition of a bridge and fortifications, is sketched on folio 16 of the sketchbook (D05512). Both are probably classicised variants of scenery at Richmond.
Verso:
Blank save for some splashes of greenish wash.

David Blayney Brown
August 2007

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘A Classical River or Harbour 1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2007, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-classical-river-or-harbour-r1129822, accessed 29 August 2016.