James Boswell

Sketchbook containing essays and sketches of London

1939

In Tate Britain
Created by
James Boswell 1906–1971
Title
Sketchbook containing essays and sketches of London
Date
1939
Format
Bound volume - sketchbook
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
Presented by Ruth Boswell, the artist's widow in 1982
Reference
TGA 8224/10

Description

Ink, crayon, graphite and watercolour on paper, 257 x 207 mm

Pages 1-3, essay on the method of teaching drawing and on aspects of drawing
Page 4, street scene at night with couple kissing in a doorway
Page 5, street scene with large covered van and two standing women
Page 6, woman in a china shop
Page 7, street scene with a figure and a dog
Page 8, country road with a lorry
Page 9, list of items with prices
Page 10, man talking to a woman with two other men in the background
Page 11, soldier in uniform
Page 12, sketches of a woman wearing a large hat drawn in profile and full face
Page 13, seated workman in vest and trousers
Page 14, profile head of a woman and a slighter study of a head
Pages 15-21 Essay on 'Social or Social Realism' expanding into Marxism in art
Page 22, figures walking down a hill
Page 23, café scene with three women seated at a table
Page 24, studies of a conductor with a baton, and two women
Page 25, several studies of a standing woman
Page 26, surrealist sketch of arms and legs coming out of a frame which is in space over a landscape
Page 27, top, reclining female form
Page 27, bottom, outline of male and female forms
Page 28, caricature of seated woman with her legs crossed and smoking a cigarette
Page 29, surrealist male figure with chimney on his head
Page 30, several studies of nude woman, a car, male torso, surrealist face of a man whose features represent a naked woman
Page 31, seated figures
Page 32, street scene at night with houses with balconies and a masked couple
Page 33, five men, two of them holding a banner, inscribed 'Sketch for the Hunger Marchers'
Page 34, caricatures of nine sportsmen, including football, boxing and horse-racing
Page 35, caricatures of eight sports including hunting, wrestling, boxing
Page 36, cartoon with cyclists chasing an ice-cream man and football caricatures
Page 37, seated woman talking on the telephone
Page 38, woman seated on a sofa reading a book
Page 39, woman reclining on a sofa
Page 40, slight outline of a figure, possibly an acrobat
Page 41, circus acrobats, a man supporting a woman
Page 42, outline of the side of a house with a fence
Page 43, study of a street corner inscribed on back 'Cambridge Circus'
Page 44, buildings and a crane by the side of a river
Page 45, seated woman reading a book in an underground train
Page 46, street scene with 'J Lyons & Co Ltd' shop and a parked car
Page 47, street with road works in a run down area
Page 48, detail of road works and a cement mixer
Page 49, part of a building, possibly a filling station
Page 50, woman seated on a sofa
Page 51, sketch of a painting of a woman in the style of Rembrandt
Page 52, street scene with stalls
Page 53, street scene with fish and chip shop
Page 54, group of figures standing by a market stall
Page 55, portrait of a woman wearing a hat and suit sitting in an arm chair, inscribed 'Ivy Boswell'
Page 56, two nude reclining women
Page 57, study of a female face
Page 58, figures in period costume
Page 59, back, several studies of a woman nude and clothed
Page 60, back, studies of a man's face
Page 61, back studies of seated and standing women, study of a man tuning his wireless and a small study of a seated man
Page 63, back, interior scene with woman knitting and man tuning the wireless

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