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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?St Anne's Hill, with Chertsey and the Thames Valley Beyond c.1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Recto:
?St Anne’s Hill, with Chertsey and the Thames Valley Beyond c.1827
D20563
Turner Bequest CCXXV 4
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 222 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘4’ bottom right (now very faint)
Stamped in black ‘CCXXV – 4’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This appears to be a view of Charles James Fox’s villa at St Anne’s Hill, overlooking Chertsey in Surrey, with the tower of St Peter’s Church; it is continued a little way onto folio 3 verso opposite (D20562). See also the views on folios 6 recto, 6 verso–7 recto and 7 verso (D20567–D20570); the profile on folio 5 verso (D20566) may conversely be that of the hill itself in the distance. The house does not survive, and the immediate view east over the Thames Valley is now obscured by dense woodland. Turner may have been considering a panoramic view including Fox’s house as one of his illustrations to Samuel Rogers’s Poems, but settled instead for more intimate views of the house and garden, as recorded towards the other end of this sketchbook (see the Introduction).

Matthew Imms
August 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘?St Anne’s Hill, with Chertsey and the Thames Valley Beyond c.1827 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 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-st-annes-hill-with-chertsey-and-the-thames-valley-beyond-r1172971, accessed 22 May 2024.