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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Evening by the River c.1830

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Evening by the River c.1830
Turner Bequest CCLIX 44
Gouache and watercolour on blue wove paper, 140 x 190 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLIX 44’ bottom right
Inscribed in ink ‘44’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A building with an archway appears in the far left, behind which are a number of large trees. To the right, a series of regular vertical lines range across the river suggesting a bridge or a jetty.
Finberg’s 1909 Inventory included this in a group of sketches ‘mostly connected with the “French Rivers” series’, although ‘some Belgian subjects have also been included, and there may possibly be some Rhine and even English subjects among them’;1 in the absence of later suggestions, the date used is derived from Finberg.
For the grouping and general dating of these works, see the section Introduction.
Finberg 1909, II, p.789.
Blank except for inscriptions. Inscribed in pencil ‘77’ top left. Inscribed in ink ‘11 | O’ bottom right.

Ben Pollitt
August 2019

How to cite

Ben Pollitt, ‘Evening by the River c.1830 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2019, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2023, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-evening-by-the-river-r1202161, accessed 20 April 2024.