Joseph Mallord William Turner

Figures in or beside a Boat, Perhaps on the Thames near Egham

1811

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 75 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08383
Turner Bequest CXXIII 12

Catalogue entry

This drawing has an air of the pastoral studies Turner had made on and around the Thames in about 1805.1 As with adjacent drawings here, such as folio 11 verso opposite and the verso of the present leaf (D08382, D08384), it may have been made at the outset of his West Country journey, when he seems to have crossed the Thames at Egham, mentioned in his accounts on folio 1 recto (D08362) (see the introduction to the tour). There are at least half a dozen figures on the left, apparently in or beyond a shallow boat by the bank of the river.

Matthew Imms
June 2011

1
See David Hill, Turner on the Thames: River Journeys in the Year 1805, New Haven and London 1993.

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