Joseph Mallord William Turner

Buildings and Shipping on a River

1797

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 210 x 270 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00941
Turner Bequest XXXIV 34

Catalogue entry

The subject is drawn with the page turned horizontally. As Finberg suggested, this rapid study probably records the bank of the River Tyne near its mouth. David Hill suggests ‘?North Shields’. The economically indicated clutter of masts, roofs and figures adumbrates Turner’s interest in the subjects that he was to develop from his experience of the Tyne in his watercolour of Shields on the River Tyne for the Rivers of England series (Tate D18155; Turner Bequest CCVIII V)1 and its later elaboration, the painting of 1835, Keelmen Heaving in Coals by Night (National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC).2
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.384 no.732, reproduced.
2
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.210–11 no.360, pl.363 (colour).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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