Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Riverside Scene with Figures and a Bridge

c.1825

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 188 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18631
Turner Bequest CCXII 28

Catalogue entry

This is one of a sequence of twenty-five recto pages of watercolour landscape, sea and sky compositions between folio 9 recto (D18609) and folio 34 recto (D18638), many of which evoke quiet Thames Valley scenes with water in the foreground; for a checklist and general comments, see the sketchbook’s Introduction. While various others are probably improvisations, here the figures on the foreshore (including a woman or girl in a bonnet and perhaps a silhouetted man leaning against a post) and on a punt in the water are slight but characterful. They have at least an air of observed reality, with the slightest indication of a bridge and buildings beyond, perhaps as a recollection of the pale atmosphere of a misty morning at Richmond.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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