Joseph Mallord William Turner

Virginia Water, with the Chinese Fishing Temple Beyond and the Clockcase in the Distance

c.1827

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 120 × 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22126
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 78

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this view of the Chinese Fishing Temple on the north side of Virginia Water continues to the right across folio 79 verso opposite (D22125; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 77a) with Johnson’s Pond, and a little further still on folio 78 verso (D22123; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 76a) , with what appears to be the Clockcase folly on the skyline.
This is one among several adjacent sketches which informed the second of two Virginia Water watercolours of about 1829 (untraced),1 engraved for The Keepsake in 1830 (Tate impressions: T04616, T04617, T06140); the watercolour has a tighter composition, showing only the Fishing Temple and Johnson’s Pond.
For other views around Virginia Water, see under folio 73 verso (D22113; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 71a).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.359 no.520.

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