William Marlow

View on the Thames


Not on display

William Marlow 1740–1813
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 492 × 787 mm
Purchased 1967

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In the 1750s Marlow was a pupil of the foremost native topographical painter of his day, Samuel Scott. His style owes a great deal to that of his master, and also to Canaletto whose works he would have known. The precise location of this view on the Thames is not known, although in the past it has been tentatively identified as Hampton Wick. Painted very much in Scott's manner, the picture most probably dates from the mid 1770s when Marlow was living in Twickenham, in the house previously occupied by Scott.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

William Marlow 1740–1813

T00930 View on the thames circa 1775

Inscribed ‘W Marlow’ on log in water, b. r.
Oil on canvas, 19¿ x 31 (49.3 x 78.7).
Purchased from Thos Agnew & Sons Ltd (Grant-in-Aid) 1967.
Coll:....; Wyndham Damer Clark of Talygarn, Glamorgan, sold Sotheby’s, 19 July 1922 (67), bt. Leggatt Brothers, who sold it in October 1922 to Geoffrey Head; his son, Viscount Head, sold to Thos Agnew & Sons Ltd. May 1967.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1967–1968, London 1968.


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