The Thames at Eton
Joseph Mallord William Turner, RA (London 1775 - Chelsea 1851)
Art / Oil paintings
Oil on canvas
605 x 905 mmOrder this image
Petworth House and Park, West Sussex
Oil painting on canvas, The Thames at Eton by Joseph Mallord William Turner, RA (London 1775 - Chelsea 1851). A circa 1805 landscape by J.M.W. Turner of the Thames at Eton against an evening sky and smoky grey clouds (TATE/T03873). At left is a punt with two figures, with a swan and cygnets in the right foreground. Trees are massed at left and Eton College can be seen against the sky at centre. On the right bank are a line of elms, receding to the centre.
One of four pictures George Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont (1751-1837) bought directly from an exhibition at Turner's gallery in 1808. Thence by descent, until the death in 1952 of the 3rd Lord Leconfield, who had given Petworth to the National Trust in 1947, and whose nephew and heir, John Wyndham, 6th Lord Leconfield and 1st Lord Egremont (1920-72) arranged for the acceptance of the major portion of the collections at Petworth in lieu of death duties (the first ever such arrangement) in 1956 by HM Treasury. Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax. Allocated to Tate in 1984 and on long-term loan from Tate to the National Trust at Petworth.
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax and allocated to the Tate Gallery 1984. In situ at Petworth House
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Joseph Mallord William Turner, RA (London 1775 - Chelsea 1851), artist