Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Molesey Lock on the River Thames, with Hampton Court Bridge Beyond

c.1827

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 110 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20795
Turner Bequest CCXXVII 39

Catalogue entry

Turner’s inscriptions suggest that this rapid sketch shows Molesey Lock, on the Thames a little upriver of Hampton Court Bridge (see folios 40 recto and 42 verso; D20793, D20798; Turner Bequest CCXXVII 38, 40a), which may be indicated to the east by the vertical strokes between the trees in the distance.
The lock was constructed below the weir on the East Molesey side below Ash Island, opened in 1815 and was rebuilt in 1906;1 the weir may be shown on folio 36 recto (D20786; Turner Bequest CCXXVII 34). For other views in the Hampton Court area, including several on adjacent pages, see under folio 2 verso (D20736).

Matthew Imms
November 2015

1
See ‘Molesey Lock’, Where Thames Smooth Waters Glide, accessed 26 October 2015, http://thames.me.uk/s00380.htm.

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