Joseph Mallord William Turner

Figures in a Punt or Ferry, with Horses and a Wooded Hillside Beyond, Probably in the Thames Valley

c.1823–4

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17826
Turner Bequest CCIV 38

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this rapid sketch focuses on a shallow boat or punt with a few associated figures. Beyond appear to be two horses, possibly towing the boat. Trees are loosely indicated on the left and rising ground beyond suggests a rural Thames Valley setting, in common with various other scenes in this book; see under folio 2 recto (D17775).
Technical notes:
John Ruskin’s customary red ink page number beside the later stamp is not readily apparent here, although those on other leaves of this sketchbook are generally very faint.

Matthew Imms
November 2014

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