As Hill observes, this view of Hampton Court is almost the same as Turner painted in a contemporary oil sketch (Tate N02693),1 looking up Albany Reach from the Thames Ditton side of the Thames, near the entrance to the River Mole. The oil is one of a group always thought to have been painted from nature, although in this instance the drawing might have served as its basis. For a view of Hampton Court from upstream, see folio 37 (D05547).
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.117 no.164 (pl.164).
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