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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A House among Trees on a River c.1809

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 30 Recto:
A House among Trees on a River circa 1809
Turner Bequest CVIII 30
Pencil on white wove paper, 88 x 112 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘30’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CVIII – 30’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The scene is unidentified but may be one of Turner’s haunts on the Thames west of London. There appears to be a barge on the right and at least one figure on the river bank. The composition continues opposite, with more trees extending half way across folio 29 verso (D07401).
Technical notes:
The outer edge of the present sheet stops noticeably short of others in the sketchbook (the regular width being 115 mm).

Matthew Imms
June 2008

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A House among Trees on a River c.1809 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2008, 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-house-among-trees-on-a-river-r1136598, accessed 17 January 2021.