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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 174 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24073
Turner Bequest CCLIV 97

Catalogue entry

Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the shaky pencil marks clustered on the top half of this page suggest a drawing taken in adverse circumstances, perhaps onboard a moving boat. The long vertical strokes at the centre of the drawing appear to coalesce to form an unfurled sail of a ship. Certainly this volume is overwhelmingly concerned with the picturesque scenery that lines the Normandy banks of the Seine. See the sketchbook Introduction for an overview of these sites.

John Chu
July 2014

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