Joseph Mallord William Turner Figures in or beside a Boat, Perhaps on the Thames near Egham 1811

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Figures in or beside a Boat, Perhaps on the Thames near Egham
From Devonshire Coast, No.1 Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXXIII
Date 1811
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
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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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