Joseph Mallord William Turner

The River Thames with Isleworth Ferry

1805

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 258 x 366 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05916
Turner Bequest XCV 12

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Late in 1804 or early in 1805 Turner rented Syon Ferry House, beside the Thames at Isleworth, west of London, as an escape from the city. Besides using it as a base for explorations of the river, and a campaign of sketching from nature in oil and watercolour, he made a number of views from its own grounds. From a sketchbook used in 1805, this watercolour may have been taken from a summerhouse in the garden, looking down to the river.

Gallery label, August 2004

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