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Abingdon from the Thames Navigation
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Abingdon from the Thames Navigation


Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775 - 1851)

Height: 15.4 cm; Width: 22.2 cm;

Collector's mark
Inscription, 9
Inscription, 3
Inscription, By JMW Turner

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Miss Dorothy Scharf; bequest; 2007 (March)

About this work
Turner was familiar with Abingdon, near Oxford, from childhood visits, and between 1804-05 he made many sketching trips up the Thames from his riverside house near London. This watercolour is one of seven commissioned by William Byrne for his six-part 'Britannia Depicta'. Against a backdrop of rooftops and spires, Turner features an attractive wooden lock and boatmen in action on the Thames Navigation. The fact that no such waterway faces the town suggests that the siting of the lock is a picturesque invention. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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