Joseph Mallord William Turner

Richmond Bridge and Hill


In Tate Britain

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 259 × 373 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XCV 24

Catalogue entry

This was a left-hand page from the sketchbook. This view is from the Surrey bank of the River Thames towards James Paine’s bridge, with Richmond Hill culminating in the Star and Garter in the left distance.There is a further separate detail of trees at top right corner. For another view of Richmond from the same sketchbook, also from the Surrey bank and showing a detail of the present view below to the right, see Tate D05932: Turner Bequest XCV 28. The present drawing is in Hill’s opinion ‘Turner’s most detailed study of the bridge’ and as he also observes it is spattered with oil stains from use next to his easel. But while the drawing is certainly related to the painting View of Richmond Hill and Bridge shown at Turner’s Gallery in 1808 (Tate N00557)1 others in the contemporary Hesperides (1) sketchbook served most directly for it (Tate D05827, D05831; Turner Bequest 35a, 37a).
Green watercolour down the right edge must have run across the gutter of the sketchbook from a coloured drawing on the right-hand page.
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.56 no.73 (pl.83).
Blank save for splashes of yellow, blue and carmine watercolours.

David Blayney Brown
February 2009

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