Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 42 Verso:
A Barge on the Thames, ?near Isleworth: a Rainbow 1805
Turner Bequest XCIII 42a
Turner Bequest XCIII 42a
Watercolour, with scratching out, on white wove paper, prepared with a grey wash, 171 x 262 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner: The Second Decade. Watercolours and Drawings from the Turner Bequest 1800–1810, Tate Gallery, London, January–March 1989 (50).
Sketching the Sky: Watercolours from the Turner Bequest, Tate Gallery, London, September 1995–February 1996 (no number).
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.243, XCIII 42a, as ‘River Scene, with rainbow’.
Gerald Wilkinson, Turner’s Early Sketchbooks, London 1972, pp.82 reproduced, 83, 87.
Gerald Wilkinson, Turner Sketches 1789–1820, London 1977, pp.56–7 reproduced.
Robert Upstone, Turner: The Second Decade. Watercolours and Drawings from the Turner Bequest 1800–1810, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1989, p.50 reproduced.
David Hill, Turner on the Thames: River Journeys in the Year 1805, New Haven and London 1993, pp.32, 35 reproduced in colour pl.43 (and on cover), 163.
Robert Upstone, Sketchbooks of the Romantics, London 1993, p.128 reproduced in colour; and colour detail.
Simon Schama, Landscape and Memory, London 1995, p.360, reproduced in colour opposite p.336, pl.27.
Anthony Bailey, Standing in the Sun: A Life of J.M.W. Turner, London 1997, pp.x–xi, reproduced in coour between pp.230–1.
Ian Warrell, ‘J.M.W. Turner and the Pursuit of Fame’, in Ian Warrell (ed.), Franklin Kelly and others, J.M.W. Turner, exhibition catalogue, National Gallery of Art, Washington 2007, p.15 reproduced in colour fig.4.
Anna Poznanskaya, Ian Warrell, Mathew Imms and others, ¿¿¿¿¿¿ [Turner], exhibition catalogue, Pushkin Museum of Art, Moscow 2008, p.19 reproduced in colour fig.4.
Fan Di’an, Ian Warrell, Matthew Imms and others, Turner from the Tate Collection, exhibition catalogue, National Art Museum of China, Beijing 2009, p.15 reproduced in colour fig.4.
This is one of a group of watercolour studies of Thames scenery that occupies some of the later folios of the sketchbook; see chiefly 38 verso (D05833) and Introduction to the book for comment. Edward Croft-Murray, in a pencil annotation to a copy of Finberg in the Tate Library, identified the subject as ‘Thames between Isleworth and Kew’ while Hill locates it ‘presumably ... near Isleworth’. Two figures shelter from rain beneath a tree in the left foreground, one sketching. A double rainbow appears, probably also near Isleworth, on folio 40 verso (D05837).
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