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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Barges on the Thames, ?Richmond/Isleworth/Kew Area 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 39 Verso:
Barges on the Thames, ?Richmond/Isleworth/Kew Area 1805
Turner Bequest XCIII 39a
Pen and ink and watercolour on white wove paper, prepared with a grey wash, 171 x 262 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of a group of watercolour studies of Thames scenery that occupy some of the later folios of the sketchbook; see chiefly 38 verso (D05833) and Introduction to the book for comment. Edward Croft-Murray, in a pencil annotation to a copy of Finberg in the Tate Library, identified the subject as ‘Thames near Kew’ while Hill, acknowleding the difficulty of precisely locating the site, suggests Richmond/Isleworth/Kew. He compares the scenery to a watercolour also of an unidentified stretch of the Thames dating from about 1806 (British Museum, London)1 but there seems no particular connection.

David Blayney Brown
October 2007

Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.347 no.415.

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Barges on the Thames, ?Richmond/Isleworth/Kew Area 1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 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-barges-on-the-thames-richmondisleworthkew-area-r1130057, accessed 23 May 2022.