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ID number:  BIRBI-39.15
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Turner, Joseph Mallord William (1775-1851)
Title / Object name:  Isleworth
Object type:  Print
Place made:  London
Culture:  British
Date made:  1819
Materials:  Etching with mezzotint
Measurements:  210 x 289 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Messrs. John Grant Ltd., 1939, for 15s

In 1804 Turner began renting Sion Ferry House at Iselworth in Twickenham and spent the summer of 1805 marking oil sketches from a boat on the Thames. This print is based on those sketches, and was published in the penultimate thirteenth part of the Liber Studiorum. Turner's residence is known from contemporary prints to have been just east of Isleworth church beside a classical pavillion. The print depicts the very locality of the ferry house and exemplifies Turner's autobiographical tendencies in many of his landscapes. In comparison to Isis (Inv. No. 39.14) the plate is lighter and looser in style. The etched line is used to create tone rather than just outline. This can be seen in the reflections of the trees in the right foreground. Turner lifts the tone to the left with the bright white of a sail - a device originally borrowed from the contemporary watercolourist Thomas Girtin (1775 - 1802), and subsequently used throughout his career.

Inscriptions / Translations:  u.c: "E. P."; l.l.: "Drawn & Etched bt J.M.W. Turner R.A. P.P."; l.r.: "Engraved by H. Dawe."; l.c.: "Pub. Jan, 1. 1819. by J.M.W. Turner Queen Ann Street West."

Notes:  Etching, with mezzotint by H. Dawe (1790-1848). Catalogue card says 'Also known as Pope's Villa at Twickenham'.

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Turner, Joseph Mallord William
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