Turner made drawings at Cliveden during a Thames tour probably in 1805 and may have exhibited this modestly-scaled view of Cliveden Reach at his gallery in 1807. On the slopes above the river stood the ruins of Cliveden House, a former home of the Dukes of Buckingham and associated with the poet James Thomson whose work Turner admired. Thomson was the author of a long poem 'The Seasons' as well as the ode 'Rule Britannia' which was first performed at Cliveden as part of his Masque of Alfred.


  • Title: Cliveden on Thames
  • Creator: Joseph Mallord William Turner
  • Date Created: 1807
  • Provenance: Bequeathed by Mrs Elizabeth Vaughan 1885
  • Physical Dimensions: w584 x h284 mm
  • Original Title: Cliveden on Thames
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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