Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Banks of the River Medway

c.1821

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 × 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17370
Turner Bequest CXCIX 3 a

Catalogue entry

Finberg identified the lightly handled drawing on this page as part of a drawing of the banks of the River Medway, observed from a viewpoint either on the water aboard a boat, or simply from a position on the opposite bank. 1 The sketch extends across the gutter onto the facing sheet, folio 4 recto (D17371). The present section of the composition demonstrates an undulating prospect, which dips to its lowest point towards the centre of the sheet. Here an architectural structure is positioned at the water’s edge. More buildings are indicated on the ascending slope of the rightmost hill. The tower of a church seems evident towards the summit, adjacent with a cluster of lower structures. A similar landscape and arrangement of buildings is also recorded on folio 89 recto (D17504).

Maud Whatley
January 2016

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.607.

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