Joseph Mallord William TurnerMen Loading a Boat with Grass c.1809

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Artist
Title
Men Loading a Boat with Grass
From Perspective Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CVIII
Date c.1809
MediumPen and ink on paper
Dimensionssupport: 88 x 115 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07355
Turner Bequest CVIII 1
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 1 Recto:
Men Loading a Boat with Grass circa 1809
D07355
Turner Bequest CVIII 1
Pen and ink on white wove paper, 88 x 115 mm
Inscribed by Turner in ink ‘Men Loading a Boat with Grass [?made for Sp...]’ bottom edge
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘1’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CVIII – 1’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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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