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

Joseph Mallord William Turner The River Thames, Caversham Bridge and Reading, from the North-West; Caversham Church to the Left 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
The River Thames, Caversham Bridge and Reading, from the North-West; Caversham Church to the Left 1805
D05913
Turner Bequest XCV 9
Pencil on white wove paper, 259 x 367 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘9’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XCV 9’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This was a left-hand page from the sketchbook. Gage’s illustration of this drawing as an instance of ‘that lush tract of Thames scenery’ including Maidenhead Bridge is somewhat misleading since it depicts Caversham; for Caversham views from this sketchbook see D05905; Turner Bequest XCV 1. The present sketch, slighter than D05905, is taken from further away from St Peter’s Church and lower down the slope towards the river. There are indications of a passing shower, as Hill observes.1
1
Hill 1993, pp.170–1.
Verso:
Blank. Laid down.

David Blayney Brown
January 2009

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘The River Thames, Caversham Bridge and Reading, from the North-West; Caversham Church to the Left 1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-river-thames-caversham-bridge-and-reading-from-the-north-r1129944, accessed 01 March 2015.