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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner View of Nuneham Courtenay from the Thames 1787

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
View of Nuneham Courtenay from the Thames 1787
Turner Bequest I B
Watercolour and pencil, 302 x 422 mm on laid paper, 318 x 447 mm
Watermark ‘I Taylor’
Inscribed by Turner in ink ‘Wm Turner | 1787’ lower right
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram
Stamped in black ‘I – B’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg knew this subject as ‘Clifton, Nuneham Harcourt, near Abingdon’. It is probably copied from a print. Paul Sandby had made a large oil painting of a very similar composition, showing Nuneham Harcourt seen from the Lock Cottages, one of a pair he sent to the inaugural exhibition of at the Society of Artists of Great Britain in 1760 (private collection);1 however, this was not apparently engraved. The care with which the details of the architecture are transcribed betrays Turner’s early concern for this aspect of topographical work. Compare the sketch of this view made on the spot in 1789 in the Oxford sketchbook (Tate D00022; Turner Bequest II 10), which is taken from a similar viewpoint but has the river and a sailing boat in the foreground. Townsend lists the pigments used in this view: see the introduction to the present section.
See John Bonehill and Stephen Daniels eds., Paul Sandby: Picturing Britain, exhibition catalogue, Nottingham Castle Museum 2009, p.202 no.84, reproduced in colour)
Blank; inscribed (in another hand?) ‘Do House from [?Grounds]’; in a later hand ‘Turner Unmounted, Vol. 92’; in another hand ‘127’.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘View of Nuneham Courtenay from the Thames 1787 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2012, 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-view-of-nuneham-courtenay-from-the-thames-r1140093, accessed 18 January 2022.