Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of Figures, Boats, Objects

1824

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 78 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19852
Turner Bequest CCXVI 150

Catalogue entry

Here Turner fills the page with swiftly executed sketches and jottings, recording figures, boats, objects and animals at rear. The artist’s inscriptions are so scribbled that they are almost entirely illegible, though one or two are clearer than others. At centre the words ‘nord’ and ‘Delpht’ appear to have been inscribed, perhaps indicating that the destination or origin of the moored boats may be the Dutch city of Delft, situated north of Rotterdam. ‘Nord’ may be translated as ‘north’ in French, while the Dutch spelling of ‘north’ is ‘noord’, pronounced ‘nord’. At bottom left there is a striped ring, next to which Turner has inscribed ‘all colours’, and at bottom right Turner has drawn a ‘Black cob’ or male swan, inscribing ‘Gold and Red [?Bill]’ close by.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

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