Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bonneted Women in a Boat with Shipping Beyond, Probably on the River Thames

c.1823–4

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 98 x 162 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17912
Turner Bequest CCV 44 a

Catalogue entry

This slightly whimsical sketch shows a boatload of women, their characters expressed only by the bill-like profiles of their large bonnets, with sailing boats and a roughly indicated waterfront beyond. They were probably observed by chance somewhere on the River Thames at Richmond or near Old London Bridge, both represented in identified views elsewhere in this sketchbook; see the Introduction. Turner’s single-word comment here is unfortunately difficult to make out.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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