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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The River Thames from Richmond Hill c.1825

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 6 Recto:
The River Thames from Richmond Hill c.1825
Turner Bequest CCXII 6
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 188 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Red [?walls]’ bottom centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘6’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXII – 6’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
There are two views from the top of Richmond Hill here; above, to the west over the curve of the River Thames with Wick House on the right, and below, more to the south-west. There is a related view on folio 5 verso opposite (D18603), under which other views in this sketchbook and related works are discussed.
The present sketches are among those which would have generally informed two watercolours: Richmond Hill of about 1825 (Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight),1 engraved in 1826 for the Literary Souvenir (Tate impression: T06132); and Richmond Terrace, Surrey of about 1836 (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool),2 engraved in 1838 for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales (Tate impressions: T04611, T06128).

Matthew Imms
December 2014

Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.359 no.518, pl.135; see also Shanes 2000, p.180.
Wilton 1979, p.403 no.879, reproduced; see also Shanes 1979, p.156, and Shanes 2004, p.128.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘The River Thames from Richmond Hill c.1825 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 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-the-river-thames-from-richmond-hill-r1172721, accessed 22 May 2024.