Joseph Mallord William Turner

A River Scene, Probably on the Thames near London

c.1815–16

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 102 × 160 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10778
Turner Bequest CXLIII 3

Catalogue entry

The subjects from here to folio 6 recto (D10781) await positive identification, but the views of Southwark Bridge preceding them (see under folio 1 recto; D10775) and the subsequent sketch of Greenwich on folio 7 recto (D10783) suggest that they are all likely to be River Thames scenes around London. Drawn with the page turned horizontally, the present sketch, with small sailing vessels and trees towards the left, suggests a setting up-river from central London, perhaps at Hammersmith or in the Richmond-Isleworth area, well known to Turner.1 The forms on the right are unclear, possibly indicating part of a bridge or perhaps a sail inverted in relation to the rest of the sketch.
1
See David Hill, Turner on the Thames: River Journeys in the Year 1805, New Haven and London 1993.
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Matthew Imms
September 2013

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