Joseph Mallord William Turner

Scene on the Thames with Boats

1822

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 188 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17710
Turner Bequest CCI 38 v

Catalogue entry

This is the first of five Thames river scenes in this sketchbook (folios 39 verso–40 verso and 42 verso; D17712–D17714, D17717). Drawn with the sketchbook inverted, this view, taken from a boat or bridge, looks along the river with a wharf on the right and a wooded bank on the left. There are two large Thames barges at the centre of the picture, with vessels at sail to their right and two smaller rowing boats in front. Although the exact location of this drawing has not been established, it is likely to be somewhere near Isleworth which is the location of the sketch on folio 39 verso.

Thomas Ardill
November 2008

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