Joseph Mallord William TurnerA Boatman, or Raftsman 1802

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A Boatman, or Raftsman
From Swiss Figures Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXXVIII
Date 1802
MediumGraphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 198 x 163 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXXVIII 10
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 10 Recto:
A Boatman, or Raftsman 1802
Turner Bequest LXXVIII 10
Pencil and watercolour on white laid paper, 198 x 163 mm
Stamped in black ‘LXXVIII 10’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The only single figure study in this sketchbook, and one of its most developed drawings, this is one of three leaves showing boats or boatmen; see also folios 9 and 11 (D04806, D04808). David Hill has suggested that the last of these, which shows a mountainous background, was drawn on the Urnersee, Lake Lucerne;1 it also includes a similar figure to this, more loosely drawn in pencil. See catalogue entry for folio 9 for an alternative association of some of these subjects with Lake Thun.
David Hill, Turner in the Alps: The Journey through France and Switzerland in 1802, London 1992, p.169.

David Blayney Brown
May 2003

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