Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Landing Stage at Bonn, with Figures

1824

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 78 x 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19842
Turner Bequest CCXVI 146

Catalogue entry

In this cursory sketch, Turner captures a moment of daily life and labour on the quayside at Bonn. Two figures with their backs facing away from the artist can be seen either standing in conversation or walking down the riverfront, as another figure makes their way down the street at bottom left. This sketch was almost certainly taken in the same sitting as that on the opposite folio Tate D19841; Turner Bequest CCXVI 145a, which depicts a moored boat with cargo and crew.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

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