Joseph Mallord William Turner

Richmond from the South

1816

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 173 x 260 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11593
Turner Bequest CXLVIII 41

Catalogue entry

This is the right part of a double-page spread continued from folio 23 verso (D11542; Turner Bequest CXLVIII 12a, now bound opposite), depicting Richmond from the south, looking over the bridge to Bargate at the left, with the castle directly opposite. Dated by the present writer to Tuesday 30 July 1816, the sketch served as the basis of a studio watercolour, Richmond Castle and Town, Yorkshire (currently untraced),1 painted about 1816–18 for Thomas Dunham Whitaker’s projected General History of the County of York (see sketchbook introduction) and engraved by J. Archer in 1820 for the completed part, History of Richmondshire.
Finberg was unable to connect this page of the sketchbook with any other. The correct association with D11542 had been noticed and the book rebound accordingly before the present writer’s 1984 book.

David Hill
May 2009

1
Wilton 1979, no.559

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