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

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

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 12 Verso:
?The Thames Valley from Richmond Hill c.1818
Turner Bequest CLIV a 12a
Pencil on white wove paper, 89 x 112 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this landscape sketch continues across folio 13 recto opposite (D12143), where the inscription mentioned by Finberg is found, although it seems to be poetry rather than calculations.
The overall sketch appears to show the classic view west up the Thames below Richmond Hill seen 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 There are similar panoramic views on folios 10 verso–11 recto, 11 verso–12 recto and 13 verso–14 recto (D12138–D12141, D12144–D12145). For 1818 as the likely date of the drawing, see under D12138.

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-r1147558, accessed 06 December 2021.