Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Joseph Mallord William Turner, British (London, England 1775 - 1851 Chelsea, England)
Rembrandt's Daughter
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Rembrandt's Daughter Reading a Letter
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
121.9 × 89.5 cm (48 × 35 1/4 in.)
framed: 159.4 × 127 × 11.4 cm (62 3/4 × 50 × 4 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • exhibition label: back of canvas, paper
  • exhibition label: back of canvas, paper
  • exhibition label: back of canvas, paper
Royal Academy, London, sold; to Francis Hawksworth Fawkes, Farnley Hall, 1827, sold; to [Agnew and Knoedler], 1912, sold; to Edward Waldo Forbes, Cambridge, MA, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1917
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Edward W. Forbes
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
The Harvard Art Museums encourage the use of images found on this website for personal, noncommercial use, including educational and scholarly purposes. To request a higher resolution file of this image, please submit an online request.
Publication History

John Burnet and Peter Cunningham, Turner and his Works, D. Bogue (London, England, 1852), pp. 25-26, 29, 115, no. 140

George Walter Thornbury, The Life of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., Hurst and Blackett (London, England, 1862), ii, 85, 89-90, 165, 393

Walter Thornbury, The life of J. M. W. Turner, R.A.: founded on letters and papers furnished by his friends and fellow-academicians, Chatto & Windus (London, England, 1877), 237, 240, 312, 575, 589

Catalogue of the Farnley Hall Collection of Pictures and Drawings by J.M.W. Turner, R.A. etc. Exhibited at Messrs. Lawrie & Co.'s Galleries, 159, New Bond Street, W.; The Proceeds to be Given to the King's Hospital Fund, Chiswick Press: Charles Whittingham and Co. (London, England, 1900 - 1901), p.4, no. 6

C. F. Bell, A List of the Works Contributed to Public Exhibit by J. M. W. Turner, George Bell and Sons, Ltd. (London, England, 1901), p. 108, no. 153

Sir Walter Armstrong, Turner, T. Agnew and Sons/C. Scribner's Sons (London, England and New York, NY, 1902), pp. 57, 85, 119-120, 227

Alexander Joseph Finberg, Turner's Watercolors at Farnley Hall, The Studio, Ltd. (London, England, 1912), pp. 20, 21, no. 8

Edward Waldo Forbes and Laura Howland Dudley, "The Fogg Museum of Harvard University: Primitive Italian Pictures Recently Acquired by the Fogg Museum", Museum of Fine Arts Bulletin, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, August 1913), Vol. 11, No. 64, p. 39

[Unidentified article], The International Studio (February 1916), repr. in color facing p. 278

William Thomas Whitley, Art in England, 1821-1837 (Cambridge, England, 1930), p. 131

A. F. Cochrane, [Unidentified article], Boston Evening Transcript (Boston, MA, March 28, 1931), repr.

Bernard Falk, Turner the Painter: His Hidden Life, Hutchinson and Co., Ltd (London, England, 1938), p. 159

Alexander Joseph Finberg, The Life of J. M. W. Turner, R. A., The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1961), pp. 301, 487, no. 313

John Rothenstein and Martin Butlin, Turner, G. Braziller (New York, NY, 1964), p. 40, 44

Jack Lindsay, J.M.W. Turner, his Life and Work: a Critical Biography, New York Graphic Society (Greenwich, CT, 1966), pp. 165, 170

John Gage, Color in Turner: Poetry and Truth, Praeger (New York, NY, 1969), pp. 91, 167, 262, no. 116

Graham Reynolds, Turner, Harry N. Abrams and Co. (New York, NY, 1969), pp. 127-128

John Gage, Turner: Rain, Steam and Speed, Viking Press (New York, NY, 1972), pp. 50-51, fig. 30

Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J. M. W. Turner [1st ed.], Yale University Press (New Haven, CT, 1977), v.I: no. 238, pp. 132-3,253; v.II, repr. in b/w pl. 244

Andrew Wilton, J. M. W. Turner, His Art and Life, Rizzoli (New York, NY, 1979), p. 272; no. P238 repr. b/w and text p. 205

Patrick Youngblood, "'That House of Art': Turner at Petworth", Turner Studies (Winter 1983), vol. II, no. 2, pp. 16-33, p. 17

Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J. M. W. Turner [2nd ed.], Yale University Press (New Haven, CT, 1984), vol I: no. 238, pp. 146-7, 185,187,281; v.II: repr., b/w pl. 244

Andrew Wilton, Turner in his Time, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1987), p. 166

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), pp. 132, 152, repr. b/w cat. no. 51

Silvia Ginzburg, Turner, Arch Cape Press (New York, NY, 1990), p. 43; color repro pl 23

Fred G.H. Bachrach, Turner's Holland, exh. cat., Tate Britain (London, England, 1994), repr. in color plate 12, p. 48

Marcia R. Pointon, Brilliant Effects: A Cultural History of Gem Stones and Jewellery, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2009), pp. 283-285, pl. 298, pls. 300-303 (details)

David Solkin, ed., Turner and the Masters, exh. cat., Tate Gallery Publishing Limited (London, 2009), pp. 80, 170, 171, fig. 37

Francesca Bewer, A Laboratory for Art: Harvard's Fogg Museum and the Emergence of Conservation in America, 1900-1950, Harvard Art Museum and Yale University Press (U.S.) (Cambridge, MA, 2010), p. 67, fig. 2.5

Exhibition History

Annual Exhibition, 1827, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 01/01/1827 - 12/31/1827

Exhibition of Old Masters, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 01/01/1877 - 12/31/1877

The Farnley Hall Collection of Pictures and Drawings by J.M.W. Turner, Lawrie & Co., London, 01/01/1902 - 12/31/1902

3rd Exhibition of Fair Women, Grafton Galleries, London, 01/01/1910 - 12/31/1910

Turner and Gainsborough, Knoedler & Co. Inc., New York, 01/14/1914 - 01/31/1914

A Survey of British Painting, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 05/10/1938 - 06/12/1938

32Q: 2200 19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/12/2018 - 03/19/2019

Related Works

This record has been reviewed by the curatorial staff but may be incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of European and American Art at