Joseph Mallord William Turner

Men Loading a Boat with Grass

c.1809

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 88 x 115 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07355
Turner Bequest CVIII 1

Catalogue entry

The significance of the subject is unclear; Turner presumably observed the scene. The last word is possibly ‘sprue’, a form of asparagus. There are pencil drawings of figures and boats later in the sketchbook, on folios 6 recto, 8 verso, 9 verso, 10 verso and 11 verso (D07365, D07369, D07371, D07373, D07375).
Technical notes:
There is some brown staining to the sheet.

Matthew Imms
June 2008

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