Joseph Mallord William Turner

Boston: The Town seen from the River

1797

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 270 x 210 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00993
Turner Bequest XXXIV 82

Catalogue entry

This is the second of two drawings that Turner made in Boston; the other, a study of the Church of St Botolph, is on folio 86 recto (D00992; Turner Bequest XXXIV 81a). In this study the church with its famous tower (‘Boston Stump’) is only faintly sketched in, and Turner concentrates on the wharfside buildings and shipping in the harbour. The two drawings were used for reference when Turner composed his watercolour of Boston for the Picturesque Beauties of England and Wales in the mid-1830s (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario).1
1
Wilton 1979, p.400 no.859, reproduced.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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