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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Study for 'Isis': a Classical Rotunda by the River 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 6 Recto:
Study for ‘Isis’: a Classical Rotunda by the River 1805
Turner Bequest XC 6
Pencil, brown and grey washes heightened with white on off-white wove paper, prepared with a grey wash, 150 x 258 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘6’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XC 6’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
For the subject and related work see note to folio 3 of the sketchbook (D05494). This is the most complete of the various versions of the composition in the book and was probably used for the painting of 1805–6 bought by the Earl of Egremont, known as The Thames at Weybridge (Tate T03872; displayed at Petworth House)1 but engraved as Isis for the Liber Studiorum.

David Blayney Brown
August 2007

Butlin and Joll 1984, p.126 no.204 (pl.201).

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Study for ‘Isis’: a Classical Rotunda by the River 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-study-for-isis-a-classical-rotunda-by-the-river-r1129808, accessed 17 December 2017.