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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner River Scene with Trees, Perhaps on the Thames c.1822-7

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
River Scene with Trees, Perhaps on the Thames c.1822–7
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 202
Watercolour on white wove paper, 229 x 369 mm
Watermark ‘John Hall | 1822’
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom left
Inscribed in red ink ‘202’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXIII – 202’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This scene perhaps recalls the rural River Thames west of London, although there are no firm topographical pointers. See the ‘Thames Sketchbooks c.1804–14’ and ‘Thames, London and South of England 1821–7’ sections for many comparable identified subjects. Gerald Wilkinson linked it loosely with Tate D25363 (CCLXIII 241): ‘two damp English landscapes’ on ‘the theme of reflections in water’.1
The sheet has been speculatively dated here to the mid 1820s, given the possible connections to Thames views of about that time; see also the variations on the trees by water theme in the ‘Lowland and River Colour Studies c.1820–40’ section. Tate D25323 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 201) in the present section is a similar subject on a matching 1822 sheet, which Eric Shanes suggested as a view of Syon House, by the Thames at Isleworth, associating the present work with the same locality.2
There is a slight pencil drawing on the verso (Tate D41444; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 202v).
Wilkinson 1975, p.156.
See Shanes 1997, p.102.
Technical notes:
Finberg described the sheet as ‘note paper which has been folded’.1 There are three regular vertical folds from when it was folded in half and then into quarters, undulating creases across the centre showing it was lightly folded again, and diagonal marks at the bottom corners and at the bottom centre where one corner was creased at that time. Watercolour has pooled slightly in the creases above the centre and towards the top right.

Matthew Imms
August 2016

Finberg 1909, II, p.829.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘River Scene with Trees, Perhaps on the Thames c.1822–7 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2016, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, February 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-river-scene-with-trees-perhaps-on-the-thames-r1184455, accessed 15 April 2024.