Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The River Thames from Richmond Hill


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Watercolour on paper
Support: 114 × 188 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXII 90

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this rapid sketch shows what is probably the view west down to the River Thames from Richmond Hill, with a house and slight indications of figures. Compare the view on folio 89 verso opposite (D18701) and see under folio 5 verso (D18603) for other views in this sketchbook and related works. They are 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).
At the top right is a slight continuation from a figure study on the opposite page.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.359 no.518, pl.135.
Ibid., p.403 no.879, reproduced.
Technical notes:
There is a repair to a diagonal tear at the top right and another at the bottom right of the drawing, along the gutter.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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