This sketch is continued on folio 15 of this sketchbook (D05442) to form a panoramic view of the Thames towards James Paine’s bridge (built 1774–7). This is much the same view as appears in Turner’s painting View of Richmond Hill and Bridge exhibited in Turner’s Gallery in 1808 but begun earlier (Tate N00557).1 However, it is more probably a study from nature than for the picture, the composition drawings for which are in the Hesperides (1) and Thames from Reading to Walton sketchbooks (Tate D05827, D05831, D05832; Turner Bequest XCIII 35 verso, 37 verso, 38; Tate D05928; Turner Bequest XCV 24) – the latter, as David Hill has observed,2 splashed with oil indicating that Turner had it beside his easel as he worked. Turner spent much time drawing the Thames during the summer of 1805.
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