J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Barge on the Frozen River Thames ?1814

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 12 Recto:
A Barge on the Frozen River Thames ?1814
Turner Bequest CI 12
Pencil on white wove paper, 107 x 180 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Pale yet yellowish’ in sky and ‘Greenish Black Shadow | Ice white and grey’ lower right of centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘12’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CI 12’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
See Introduction to the sketchbook for the group of sketches of the frozen Thames and the possibility that these date from the great frost of January 1814. Here, fragments of ice float in the river, and the sun breaks through clouds.

David Blayney Brown
December 2006

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘A Barge on the Frozen River Thames ?1814 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2006, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-barge-on-the-frozen-river-thames-r1130726, accessed 25 May 2018.