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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Ewes and Lambs at Richmond upon Thames c.1823-4

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Verso:
Ewes and Lambs at Richmond upon Thames c.1823–4
Turner Bequest CCV 4a
Pencil on white wove paper, 162 x 98 mm
Part watermark ‘lls | 1’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘old Ewes and Lamb’ top left, and ‘Richmond [?Eyte]’, ‘[Tr...]’, ‘Sheep | in Light’ and ‘Lambs in front old E.’ across centre
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned vertically, Turner has made studies of sheep lying down; across the middle of the page he integrates them into a wooded landscape with a note apparently reading ‘Richmond Eyte’, presumably a phonetic attempt at ait or eyot and probably referring to what is now called Corporation Island, in the River Thames just north of Richmond Bridge; compare the views on folio 3 verso (D17841). For nearby views on adjacent pages, see the Introduction. Compare the study of cows on folio 43 verso (D17910).

Matthew Imms
December 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Ewes and Lambs at Richmond upon Thames c.1823–4 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-ewes-and-lambs-at-richmond-upon-thames-r1172552, accessed 22 May 2024.