Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies on the River Thames at Hampton Court

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 × 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20792
Turner Bequest CCXXVII 37 a

Catalogue entry

These scattered, rapid drawings and comments are inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation. They note aspects of the scene looking north over the River Thames to Hampton Court Palace –including the crenellations of the Tudor range south of the Base Court, the low rectangular form of the detached Banqueting House and passing passenger boats as well as effects of light and colours – and would have informed his finished watercolour Hampton Court Palace of about 1827 (private collection),1 engraved in 1829 for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales (Tate impression: T04550).
There are comparably quick details on folios 40 verso and 41 verso (D20794, D20796; Turner Bequest CCXXVII 38a, 39a); see under folio 2 verso for other studies in this sketchbook.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.395 no.812.

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