Joseph Mallord William Turner

Trees and Buildings beside a River: ?Syon House on the Thames


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 89 × 112 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLIV a 55 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the building (or buildings) in the distance is possibly Syon House, the Duke of Northumberland’s seat on the leafy west bank of the River Thames at Brentford, just north of Isleworth, where Turner lived at Syon Ferry House in 1805.1 Studies of the mansion from around that time include two watercolours (Tate D04163, D08269; Turner Bequest LXX L, CXXI M) and views in the Studies for Pictures: Isleworth sketchbook (Tate D05501, D05507, D05543, D05602; Turner Bequest XC 8a, 12, 35, 72a), the Hesperides (1) sketchbook (Tate D05784; Turner Bequest XCIII 11) and the Wey, Guildford sketchbook (Tate D06195; Turner Bequest XCVIII 11). A slight view in the later Finance sketchbook (Tate D08349; Turner Bequest CXXII 41a) may also show it.
Other drawings in the present book were made at Richmond, just across the Thames (see the Introduction).

Matthew Imms
September 2013

See David Hill, Turner on the Thames: River Journeys in the Year 1805, New Haven and London 1993.

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