Joseph Mallord William Turner

The River Thames at Mortlake, Looking North-East towards Chiswick and Barnes; the Porch of ‘The Limes’

1825

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18727
Turner Bequest CCXIII 12 a

Catalogue entry

As Finberg recognised,1 this is one half of a double-page view down the River Thames, looking north-east from the bank in the vicinity of ‘The Limes’, Mortlake, with Chiswick on the north side to the left, and Barnes on the right, continuing on folio 13 recto (D18728), under which the subject is discussed. The isolated skyline above appears to be an extension to the left. The prospect is now dominated by Barnes Bridge, carrying the railway over the river.
At the bottom left is a detail of the north-west corner of ‘The Limes’, with part of its classical portico2 and its upper storeys, which overlook the river.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

1
See Finberg 1909, II, p.648; see also Frick Collection, I, 1968, pp.131, 132 note 1.
2
See Butlin, Wilton and Gage 1974, p.102.

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