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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Classical Buildings by a River 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 33 Recto:
Classical Buildings by a River 1805
Turner Bequest XC 33
Pencil, pen and ink and white chalk on off-white wove paper, prepared with a grey wash, 150 x 258 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘33’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XC 33’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg inferred a relationship to Windsor Castle from the Thames of circa 1805 (Tate T03870; displayed at Petworth House),1 a colour study for which is on folio 29 verso of the sketchbook (D05532). However, as Hill observes, the arrangement is classical but derived from scenery at Richmond as seen from upstream, as for example on folio 19 (D05516).

David Blayney Brown
August 2007

Butlin Joll 1984, p.113 no.149 (pl.156).

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Classical Buildings by a River 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-classical-buildings-by-a-river-r1129852, accessed 04 March 2021.