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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?The Thames Valley from Richmond Hill c.1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Recto:
?The Thames Valley from Richmond Hill c.1818
Turner Bequest CLIV a 11
Pencil on white wove paper, 89 x 112 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[?Richmond]’ top centre, and ‘[?Academy]’ top right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘11’ top left, upside down (smudged and very faint)
Stamped in black ‘CLIV (a) – 11’ top left, upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The first word of the inscription, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, is scrawled and rather faint, as if partially deleted. It may qualify the second, which is part of a more distinct inscription which continues on folio 10 verso opposite (D12138), under which it is discussed.
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the landscape sketch here also continues opposite, albeit briefly. The main outlines of the present page suggest the classic view west up the bend of the Thames below Richmond Hill shown in a number of Turner’s works, most notably his large painting England: Richmond Hill, on the Prince Regent’s Birthday, exhibited in 1819 (Tate N00502).1 This identification is strengthened by reading the first word of Turner’s inscription as ‘Richmond’, while the date ‘July [?18] 1818’ on the opposite page might indicate the occasion of the drawing. There are similar panoramic views on folios 11 verso–12 recto, 12 verso–13 recto and 13 verso–14 recto (D12140–D12145).

Matthew Imms
September 2013

Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.106–7 no.140, Pl.145 (colour).

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘?The Thames Valley from Richmond Hill c.1818 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-thames-valley-from-richmond-hill-r1147555, accessed 06 December 2021.