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image of The Junction of the Thames and the Medway Joseph Mallord William Turner (artist)
British, 1775 - 1851
The Junction of the Thames and the Medway, 1807
oil on canvas
overall: 108.8 x 143.7 cm (42 13/16 x 56 9/16 in.) framed: 148 x 180.3 cm (58 1/4 x 71 in.)
Widener Collection
1942.9.87
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From the Tour: Constable and Turner — British Landscapes of the Early 1800s
Object 3 of 11

Conservation Notes

The canvas has been lined. The ground is off- white, thinly and smoothly applied. There are traces of a buff-colored imprimatura above the ground in some areas. The painting is executed in very thin, transparent glazes in the darks; the sky is more opaquely rendered; moderate impasto is used in the highlights, especially in the waves. X-radiographs reveal pentimenti in the rowing boat: the boat was originally 2 cm. longer at the bow; the figure in the stern, now leaning over the side of the boat, originally sat with his back to the spectator; a rowing figure in the center of the boat has been painted out; the figure at the bow of the boat originally sat facing the spectator. The picture is very abraded in numerous thinly painted areas, and has been extensively retouched with small, feathered repaints that have darkened considerably. The moderately thick natural resin varnish has discolored yellow-brown to a significant degree.

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