Joseph Mallord William Turner

Shiplake, Looking West, from below Shiplake Lock to Left of the Mill


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 259 x 367 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XCV 10

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Turner spent the summer of 1805 sketching along the river Thames. This drawing shows a picturesque spot on the banks at Shiplake, a village between Henley and Reading. Turner shows a barge passing through
the lock joining the River Loddon to the Thames, whilst another boat in the foreground waits to approach.


Like many sketches from this group,
this drawing shows that Turner devoted sufficient time to observe and record the site in some detail. The setting sun glimpsed in the background suggests that Turner stayed in Shiplake overnight.


Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry

A right-hand page from the sketchbook. This quick but informative sketch of Shiplake shows indications of sunset in the sky, confirming that this was an evening stop on the river. As noted by Hill, it is taken from near the junction of the River Loddon, on the left, and the Thames weir. At right is the lock and Cotterell’s paper mill. Turner shows a barge and tender waiting to move up-river while another to the right is passing through the lock. On the hillside, centre, is the church of Sts Peter and Paul.

David Blayney Brown
January 2009

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