Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Thames from Richmond Hill

c.1825–36

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 320 x 560 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25471
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 348

Display caption

From the mid 1820s Turner was involved in the production of illustrations for the annual pocket-books produced by rival publishers for the Christmas market. This is a colour study, preparatory to the view of the Thames from Richmond Hill engraved by Edward Goodall for the Literary Souvenir in 1826. This included a number of elegant figures enjoying the famous prospect, including ladies with parasols whose forms are clearly anticipated on the left of this watercolour.

Gallery label, August 2004

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