Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Boy Lying on a Country Weir with his Hand in the Water

c.1834–6

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 79 x 101 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27756
Turner Bequest CCLXXXI 17 a

Catalogue entry

As set out in the Introduction, this is one of a sequence running through the middle of this sketchbook showing a substantial rural weir with a fence-like wooden superstructure, populated by numerous adults and children engaged in or watching fishing. The location is unidentified. Here, a youth lies prone on the weir and reaches down to the rushing water. There is a sketchy continuation of trees and a distant building to the right on folio 18 recto opposite (D27757).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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