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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Playden Heights, Rye, from the River Rother c.1806-10

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 7 Recto:
The Playden Heights, Rye, from the River Rother circa 1806–10
Turner Bequest XCII 46
Pencil and chalk on paper, 216 x 153 mm
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in black ink ‘46’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XCII 46’ bottom left, descending vertically
Blind-stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram lower right of centre
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Edward Croft-Murray, in annotations to a copy of Finberg now in Tate’s Library, suggested ‘Winchelsea’ for this subject, but the boats in the foreground indicate a river wider than the Brede as it passes below that town and thus likely to be the Rother below Playden or Rye. For a drawing certainly of Rye from the Rother see folio 8 of the sketchbook (D05764; Turner Bequest XCII 45).
Finberg records that this was one of four leaves from the sketchbook ‘found loose’.
The leaf is stained along the left margin.
Blank, inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘150. I. [crossed out] 1251’

David Blayney Brown
April 2010

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘The Playden Heights, Rye, from the River Rother c.1806–10 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2010, 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-the-playden-heights-rye-from-the-river-rother-r1131038, accessed 25 November 2020.