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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The River Thames, with a Rainbow c.1806-14

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 40 Recto:
The River Thames, with a Rainbow circa 1806–14
Turner Bequest CI 40
Pencil on white wove paper, 107 x 180 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘W’, ‘L’, ‘B’ and ‘V.B.G.Y.R’ within rainbow, ‘L. yellow’ upper right and ‘W.L. Greenish yellow’ lower centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘40’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CI 40’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A detail of sky possibly related to if not part of this is on folio 39 verso of the sketchbook (D06661). Turner’s notations indicate the colours of the rainbow.

David Blayney Brown
December 2006

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘The River Thames, with a Rainbow c.1806–14 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2006, 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-the-river-thames-with-a-rainbow-r1130757, accessed 26 November 2015.