Joseph Mallord William Turner

The River Thames from Richmond Hill

c.1825

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 188 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18692
Turner Bequest CCXII 82

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this sketch looking west over the River Thames from Richmond Hill from a similar viewpoint to that for folio 5 verso (D18603), under other views in this sketchbook and related works are discussed. Here Turner seems to have made a written note of girls playing a game at the top of Nightingale Lane, with The Wick to the left. See a similar note inside the back cover (D40973).
The present drawing is among those which would have generally informed two watercolours: Richmond Hill of about 1825 (Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight),1 engraved in 1826 for the Literary Souvenir (Tate impression: T06132); and Richmond Terrace, Surrey of about 1836 (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool),2 engraved in 1838 for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales (Tate impressions: T04611, T06128). The framing devices of the house and trees are seen in the England and Wales design.
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.359 no.518, pl.135; see also Shanes 2000, p.180.
2
Wilton 1979, p.403 no.879, reproduced; see also Shanes 1979, p.156, and Shanes 2004, p.128.
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Matthew Imms
December 2014

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