Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of Moored Boats Filled with Figures and their Wares (at Liège)

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
D19638
Turner Bequest CCXVI 44 a

Catalogue entry

In these swiftly rendered and dynamic pencil sketches Turner records scenes of daily life and labour close to the Pont des Arches at Liège (see Tate D19636–D19637; Turner Bequest CCXVI 43a–44). Figures sit and converse in boats filled with wares moored to the banks of the Meuse; ‘Women [walk] along the quay’ and ‘Horse Carts’ trundle by. Similar figure studies continue on the opposite folio (Tate D19639; Turner Bequest CCXVI 45).

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2014

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