Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Wooded River Scene, Probably on the River Thames near Isleworth; a City or Royal Barge, ?with a Uniformed Crew Member

c.1825

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 188 × 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18679
Turner Bequest CCXII 71 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, at the top is a rapid study of a wooded view, possibly with a bridge or building on the right. The setting is probably the River Thames around Isleworth, perhaps at Kew; see the sketchbook’s Introduction.
Below is a very slight outline of he cabin and stern of a barge, probably one of those owned by the City of London and the livery companies and used for formal occasions and pageants on the River Thames, or perhaps a royal vessel associated with Kew Palace. The figure beside it is perhaps one of the uniformed crew. See under folio 4 recto (D18600) for further discussion, and compare the study of what seems to be a different ceremonial craft on folio 72 recto opposite (D18680).

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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