Joseph Mallord William Turner

Barges on the Thames, ?Richmond/Isleworth/Kew Area

1805

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 171 x 262 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05835
Turner Bequest XCIII 39 a

Catalogue entry

This is one of a group of watercolour studies of Thames scenery that occupy some of the later folios of the sketchbook; see chiefly 38 verso (D05833) and Introduction to the book for comment. Edward Croft-Murray, in a pencil annotation to a copy of Finberg in the Tate Library, identified the subject as ‘Thames near Kew’ while Hill, acknowleding the difficulty of precisely locating the site, suggests Richmond/Isleworth/Kew. He compares the scenery to a watercolour also of an unidentified stretch of the Thames dating from about 1806 (British Museum, London)1 but there seems no particular connection.

David Blayney Brown
October 2007

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.347 no.415.

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