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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Capriccio of the Thames at Isleworth, with the Pavilion at Syon 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 14 Recto:
Capriccio of the Thames at Isleworth, with the Pavilion at Syon 1805
D06198
Turner Bequest XCVIII 14
Pen and ink and brown wash on white laid paper, 117 x 182 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘14’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XCVIII 14’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
See comment to folios 11, 12 and 13 of the sketchbook (D06195, D06196, D06197), depicting Isleworth riverside scenery of which this is a further variation. With folio 11 it is described by Wilkinson as ‘classical with a faint air of Twickenham’. A pencil annotation by Edward Croft-Murray in a copy of Finberg in Tate’s Library observes it to be ‘Almost the original scene’, presumably also a reference to 11 that begins the sequence. However in its composition and classical treatment with pseudo-antique boats on the river it is closest to 13. As in all of these variations, Robert Mylne’s Pavilion in Syon Park takes centre stage.
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David Blayney Brown
July 2008

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Capriccio of the Thames at Isleworth, with the Pavilion at Syon 1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2008, 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-capriccio-of-the-thames-at-isleworth-with-the-pavilion-at-r1130382, accessed 04 September 2015.