Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hampton Court Palace; A Thames Barge


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 110 × 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXVII 42 a

Catalogue entry

Much of this page is difficult to make out, being obscured by the rubbing and offsetting recorded below in the technical notes, but there are thee bands of sketches. The upper two show aspects of Hampton Court Palace, looking north across the River Thames, and would have informed Turner’s watercolour Hampton Court Palace of about 1827 (private collection),1 engraved in 1829 for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales (Tate impression: T04550), as noted by Jan Piggott.2 The crooked form of the willow tree at the top left makes an appearance in the finished design. For other studies at and around Hampton Court in this sketchbook, see under folio 2 verso (D20736).
At the bottom left a Thames barge is shown under sail, while the slight sketch at the bottom right may show riverside buildings.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.395 no.812.
See Piggott 2006, p.9.
Technical notes:
The pencil work has been heavily rubbed and offset to and from the paste-down inside the back cover opposite (D41006).

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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