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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Park Place, Henley, with Marsh Mill to the Right 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Park Place, Henley, with Marsh Mill to the Right 1805
Turner Bequest XCV 26
Pencil on white wove paper, 260 x 366 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘26’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XCV 26’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This was a right-hand page from the sketchbook. Finberg’s suggestion of Cliveden did not take account of the fact that the mansion was then in ruins, as can be seen in the drawing of the house that Turner did make in this sketchbook (Tate D05936; Turner Bequest XCV 32). The subject is correctly identified by Hill. For Henley subjects from this sketchbook see Tate D05911; Turner Bequest XCV 7. This view is taken from about a mile up the River Thames from the town itself, looking over Marsh Lock and Mill towards Park Place set on elevated ground on the opposite bank. The grounds had been famously beautified with artificial ruins, temples and other features, often built from the remnants of other buildings like Reading Abbey, by their owner General Conway and his architect James ‘Athenian’ Stuart. However, Turner seems only to have sketched this distant view from the river.
Blank. Laid down.

David Blayney Brown
February 2009

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Park Place, Henley, with Marsh Mill to the Right 1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2009, 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-park-place-henley-with-marsh-mill-to-the-right-r1129962, accessed 24 June 2018.