JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM TURNER, R.A. (LONDON 1775-1851)
JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM TURNER, R.A. (LONDON 1775-1851)
JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM TURNER, R.A. (LONDON 1775-1851)
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JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM TURNER, R.A. (LONDON 1775-1851)

Heidelberg, with a Rainbow

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JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM TURNER, R.A. (LONDON 1775-1851)
Heidelberg, with a Rainbow
signed ‘JMW Turner’ (lower left, on mile post)
pencil and watercolour, heightened with bodycolour, and with scratching out on paper
13 5⁄8 x 20 3⁄4 in. (34.7 x 52.8 cm.)




Provenance
Commissioned by Thomas Abiel Prior (1809-1886) in 1840 for 100 gns.
Benjamin Godfrey Windus (1790-1867).
with P&D Colnaghi, London, by 21 June 1847.
Joseph Gillott (1799-1872); Christie’s, London, 4 May 1872, lot 512 (2650 gns. to Lane).
William Ward (1817-1885), 1st Earl of Dudley.
Christie’s, London, private sale (with the large watercolour of Grenoble) on behalf of Lord Dudley, 30 November 1892 (£2,500 for the two drawings).
with Agnew & Sons, London, sold on 7 December 1892.
Stephen G. Holland (1817-1908); Christie’s, London, 26 June 1908, lot 257 (4200 gns. to Agnew).
with Agnew's, London.
Sir Donald Currie (1825-1909), and by descent to his daughter,
Elizabeth (1858-1930), afterwards Mrs Percy Alport Molteno, and by descent until 2001.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, London, 14 June 2001, lot 11.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, New York, 31 January 2013, lot 101, when acquired by the present owners.
Literature
W. Armstrong, Turner, London, 1902, p. 257, as ‘Heidelberg, with Rainbow, 1840-45’.
J. Ruskin, Modern Painters, 1843, part II, section II, chapter III, p. 175 (reprinted in E.T. Cook and A. Wedderburn, The Works of John Ruskin, London, 1903, III, p. 308; see also, 1904, XIII, p.l, which transcribes a letter to his father, 23 January 1852, in which he listed Heidelberg among the works he would not wish to buy; (see also Bradley 1955⁄78).
W.G. Rawlinson, The Engraved Work of JMW Turner, R.A., London, 1913, II, pp. 206, 343, no. 663.
J.L. Bradley, ed., Ruskins Letters from Venice 1851-2, New Haven, 1955⁄1978, pp. 147-148.
E. Joll, Agnews 150th Anniversary Loan Exhibition of Paintings and Watercolours by JMW Turner, London, 1967, p. 89, no. 81.
A. Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, London, 1979, p. 465, no. 1377, reprint, p. 235.
S. Whittingham, ‘Public and Private Collections’, Turner Studies, V, no. 1, Summer 1985, p. 63.
S. Whittingham, ‘What you Will; or some notes regarding the influence of Watteau on Turner and other British Artists’, Turner Studies, V, no. 2, Summer 1958, p. 39.
A. Wilton, Turner, exhibition catalogue, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 1986, pp. 236 and 286.
E. Yardley, ‘Picture Note: Heidelberg from the opposite bank of the Neckar’, Turner Studies, VI, no. 1, 1986, p. 58.
J. Chapel, ‘Turner Collector: Joseph Gillott’, Turner Studies, VI, no. 2, 1986, pp. 46 and 50, no. 41.
S. Whittingham, ‘Turner Collector: Benjamin Godfrey Windus’, Turner Studies, VII, no. 2, 1987, pp. 30 and 32, notes 40, and 35.
E. Shanes, ‘Picture Note: The Library at Tottenham, the Seat of B.G. Windus, showing his collection of Turner watercolours’, Turner Studies, III, no. 2, 1984, p. 56.
C. Powell, Turners Rivers of Europe. The Rhine, Meuse and Mosel, London, 1991, p. 121.
C. Powell, Turner in Germany, London, 1995, pp. 196-8, no. 127; reproduced as the front cover of the German edition of the book.
C. Nugent and M. Croal, Turner Watercolours from Manchester, Manchester, 1997, p. 108.
E. Shanes, Turner, The Great Watercolours, London, 2000, p. 224 no. 102, detail reproduced pp. 226-7.
C. Powell, ‘Heidelberg,’ in E. Joll, M. Butlin and L. Herrmann, eds., The Oxford Companion of J.M.W. Turner, London, 2001, pp. 137-8.
C. Powell, ed., Turner Society News, no. 119, Spring 2013.
D. Hill, ‘In Turner’s Footsteps at Heidelberg’, see commentaries published on sublimesites.co for 19 October, 18 November, and 20 November 2015.
Exhibited
London, Agnew's, 1908, no. 167.
London, Agnew's, 1909, no. 31.
London, Agnew & Sons, Centenary Exhibition of Water Colour Drawings of JMW Turner, RA, 1951, no. 114.
London, Agnew & Sons, Loan Exhibition of Paintings and Watercolours by JMW Turner, 1967, no. 81.
Munich, Haus der Kunst, Zwei Jahrhunderte der Englischen Malerie 1700-1900, 1979-1980, no. 213.
Edinburgh, National Gallery of Scotland, 1980-2001, on long-term loan.
Paris, Grand Palais, J.M.W. Turner, 1983-1984, no. 240.
Tokyo, National Museum of Western Art, and Kyoto, Municipal Museum of Art, Turner, 1986, no. 95.
London, Tate Gallery, Turner in Germany, 1995, no. 127.
Mannheim, Kunsthalle, and Hamburger Kunsthalle, Turner in Deutschland, 1995-1996, no. 127.
London, Royal Academy, Turner. The Great Watercolours, 2000-2001, no. 102.
Winona, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, 2013-2022, on long-term loan.

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