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
D17418
Turner Bequest CXCIX 33 a

Catalogue entry

Identified as ‘Banks of Medway’ by Finberg, the prospect on this page remains largely vague.1 The river runs as a gently serpentine diagonal through the bottom right corner of the sheet. It is first visible just to the left of centre and broadens as it descends towards the gutter. The distant bank is lightly hatched, and foregrounded topography is only slightly more elaborated. A tree or bush is recorded at far left and angular shapes close to the water at bottom right presumably indicate architectural structures.
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.608.
Technical notes:
Residue from the drawings on folio 34 recto (D17419) has left marks across top half of this page.

Maud Whatley
January 2016

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