Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Chinese Fishing Temple beside Virginia Water

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: 120 × 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22116
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 73

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this view to the north-west across Virginia Water continues across folio 74 verso opposite (D22115; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 72a), where a footbridge and other buildings are seen. Here the Chinese Fishing Temple (now gone) is seen obliquely on its moated island on the northern shore of the lake.
As Finberg noted,1 this is the main basis of the watercolour Virginia Water of about 1829 (private collection),2 one of two engraved for The Keepsake in 1830 (Tate impressions: T04618, T06141). For other views around Virginia Water, see under folio 73 verso (D22113; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 71a).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
See Finberg 1909, II, p.732.
2
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.359 no.519, pl.141 (colour).

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