Joseph Mallord William Turner

Eton College Chapel from Romney Lock Island with the Old Weir to the Left

1805

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 117 x 182 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06358
Turner Bequest XCVIII 136 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. As Hill observes, the view is from near the head of Romney Lock Island, looking north-north-west towards Eton. Folio 135 verso (D06356) looks from a similar spot in the opposite direction towards Windsor Castle. Here, the weir is seen on the left. Of Eton College Chapel, Hill notes that Turner ‘fudged’ its east end and ‘forgot the roof altogether’.1 Nevertheless, the sketch served as the basis of The Thames at Eton (Tate T03873; displayed at Petworth House),2 exhibited at Turner’s Gallery in 1808. In the picture, Turner also generalised the east end and omitted the roof while moving the whole building further to the left and emphasising the river and its banks below the weir.

David Blayney Brown
July 2008

1
Hill 1993, p.133.
2
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.55 no.71 (pl.81).

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