James Boswell

Sketchbook containing essays and sketches of London


Front cover

Created by
James Boswell 1906–1971
257 × 207 mm
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James Boswell, ‘Front cover’ 1939

In Tate Britain

Created by
James Boswell 1906–1971
Sketchbook containing essays and sketches of London
Bound volume - sketchbook
Tate Archive
Presented by Ruth Boswell, the artist's widow in 1982
TGA 8224/10


Ink, crayon, graphite and watercolour on paper, 257 × 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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