J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Classical River or Harbour 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 16 Recto:
A Classical River or Harbour 1805
Turner Bequest XC 16
Pen and ink on off-white wove paper, prepared with a grey wash, 150 x 258 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘16’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XC 16’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is a similar composition to that on folio 15 of this sketchbook (D05511), with the addition of a bridge and fortifications. It is probably a classical fantasia on scenery at Richmond, including Richmond Bridge and various buildings on Richmond Hill.

David Blayney Brown
August 2007

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘A Classical River or Harbour 1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2007, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-classical-river-or-harbour-r1129823, accessed 29 January 2022.