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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Study for 'View of Richmond Hill and Bridge' c.1805-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 37 Verso:
Study for ‘View of Richmond Hill and Bridge’ circa 1805–8
Turner Bequest XCIII 37a
Pen and ink on white wove paper, prepared with a grey wash, 171 x 262 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of two composition studies in this sketchbook for View of Richmond Hill and Bridge exhibited at Turner’s Gallery in 1808 (Tate N00557).1 Hill describes it as the first of three related drawings including a figure sketch on folio 38 (D05832). Edward Croft-Murray, in a pencil annotation to a copy of Finberg in the Tate Library, was the first to recognise the view, adding that it is taken from near Asgill House, looking upstream. Hill notes the presence of the Star and Garter building on the left of the boat’s mast. The second study, from rather further away on the Surrey bank of the Thames, is folio 35 verso (D05827).

David Blayney Brown
October 2007

Butlin and Joll 1984, p.56 no.73 (pl.83).

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Study for ‘View of Richmond Hill and Bridge’ c.1805–8 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 2007, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-study-for-view-of-richmond-hill-and-bridge-r1130053, accessed 27 January 2022.