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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Hampton Court Palace from the River Thames c.1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Verso:
?Hampton Court Palace from the River Thames c.1827
Turner Bequest CCXXVII 4a
Pencil on white wove paper, 110 x 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The rapid sketch occupying most of this page is likely to be a view of Hampton Court Palace beyond trees from the opposite bank of the Thames, centred on the riverside Banqueting House with its central chimneys; there is a sense of recession towards the right and the view seems to be north-eastwards with the river flowing away to the south-east. This is in contrast to north-facing studies looking upriver elsewhere in this sketchbook, which informed a subsequent watercolour, as discussed under folio 2 verso (D20736). Turner appears to have been quickly trying out an alternative composition, reinforced by the smaller version of the overall view framed by pencil lines at the top right.
Technical notes:
There are scattered splashes or offsets of grey watercolour from the ground used to prepare folio 5 recto opposite (D20741).

Matthew Imms
November 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘?Hampton Court Palace from the River Thames c.1827 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-hampton-court-palace-from-the-river-thames-r1182607, accessed 19 May 2024.