During the 1841 census, the artist JMW Turner rowed a boat into the Thames, so he could avoid being counted as being present at any property. Turner knew the river well, as he painted a lot of pictures of the Thames, some of which are at the Tate, in London.

The picture shows a painting by JMW Turner of ‘The River Thames near Isleworth: Punt and Barges in the Foreground’ 1805