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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Windsor from Richmond Hill c.1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 17 Verso:
?Windsor from Richmond Hill c.1819
Turner Bequest CLXIX 17a
Pencil on white wove paper, 87 x 119 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The view continues to the right across folio 18 recto opposite (D13779). The present half comprises what seems to be a slight sketch of the bend in the Thames at Glover’s Island below Richmond Hill, which features in many sketches and finished works by Turner, including the large oil England: Richmond Hill, on the Prince Regent’s Birthday, exhibited in 1819 (Tate N00502).1 On the opposite page the horizon appears to be inscribed ‘Windsor’, marking the location of the castle about thirteen miles west of the hill. Heathrow Airport now lies directly in this line of sight, though the castle can still just be made out in clear conditions.
Drawings on the preceding and subsequent double-page spreads, folios 16 verso–17 recto (D13776, D13777) and 18 verso–19 recto (D13780, D13781) may also show the Thames Valley.

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, ‘?Windsor from Richmond Hill c.1819 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-windsor-from-richmond-hill-r1147501, accessed 26 January 2020.