James Boswell

Sketchbook containing sketches of Punch and Judy


Front cover

Created by
James Boswell 1906–1971
260 × 211 mm
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James Boswell, ‘Front cover’ 1939

In Tate Britain

Created by
James Boswell 1906–1971
Sketchbook containing sketches of Punch and Judy
Bound volume - sketchbook
Tate Archive
Presented by Ruth Boswell, the artist's widow in 1982
TGA 8224/11


Ink, crayon, graphite and watercolour on paper, 260 × 211 mm

Page 1, railway station platform
Page 2, top, house in the countryside
Page 2, bottom, railway scene
Page 3, street corner, inscribed 'Mornington Crescent'
Page 4, street scene with 'The Boar's Head'
Page 5, tree coming into blossom
Page 6, three studies of reclining women
Page 7, standing woman seen from behind
Page 8, standing woman undressing
Page 9, several small studies for brothel scenes
Page 10, young nude woman with her hands behind her back
Page 11, head and shoulders of a soldier in uniform
Page 12, street corner with a woman standing waiting
Page 13, corner of a room with steps going up to a door, inscribed 'Thunder Rock'
Page 14, two male profiles
Page 15, studies of three heads of men
Page 16, studies of heads and a standing figure
Page 17, seated man wearing a scarf
Page 18, profile portrait of a man's head
Page 19, portrait head of a man wearing a soldier's hat
Page 20, two studies of a man wearing a cap
Page 21, study of a woman's head with ringlets and a study of a hat
Page 22, outline of a woman and study of eyes and hair
Page 23, two unfinished profiles facing each other and study of a bonnet
Page 24, profile of a young woman wearing a bonnet and portrait head of a man
Page 25, portrait of a man with moustache and pointed beard, looking down
Page 26, seated man with moustache and beard wearing a pince-nez
Page 27, unfinished profile of a man with a moustache
Page 28, front view of woman's head with big eyes and portrait profile head and shoulders of a woman
Page 29, portrait head of a man with a moustache and pointed beard wearing a pince-nez
Page 30, group of ten figures drawn inside a bottle with a cork inscribed 'Message in a bottle at the Neighbourhood'
Page 31, short, fat man with a cigarette and study of a man's head
Page 32, top, street scene with lamp post and double decker bus
Page 32, bottom, two thin women standing together
Page 33, cigarette kiosk with figures
Page 34, Canadian Mountie talking to a woman
Page 35, building with café, on ground floor and people seen through upper windows, inscribed 'Windmill Street'
Page 36, two women in wartime uniforms in an amusements arcade
Page 37, Punch hitting a clown-like figure on the head with a pole
Page 38, Punch fondling a scantily dressed young woman
Page 39, performers, including Punch and acrobats, on an outdoor stage
Page 40, top, unfinished sketch of a column
Page 40, bottom, man visiting a brothel
Page 41, portrait head of a man with a high collar and four caricatures of heads and study of a train
Page 42, harbour scene with menacing man
Page 43, an elephant seen in profile next to what appears to be an elephant shaped balloon
Page 44, street scene with group of people including children waiting outside a house
Page 45, waiter standing by a table
Page 46, notes on investments and three studies of male heads
Page 47, a nun holding a small case and a handbag
Page 48, band playing in a city square
Page 49, a round bowl with three circular objects on it
Page 50, string quartet playing to an audience in a large hall with columns
Page 51, studies of five members of an audience seen from behind
Page 52, head of a man with beard and an unfinished profile of the same
Page 53, standing young woman holding a handbag
Page 54, woman seen through a window
Page 55, man and woman looking out of a window
Page 56, as page 55, but seen from slightly further back
Page 57, study of bombed buildings
Page 58, tea hut on a beach
Page 59, four studies of landscapes
Page 60, group of standing figures, two women and a man
Page 61, blank
Page 62, back, woman sitting astride a bull and a study of a bull
Page 63, back, Punch with erection advancing on a reclining woman
Page 64, back: group of three women, young, middle-aged and old
Page 65, back, three male heads
Page 66, back, two men scavenging on a bombed site
Page 67, back, woman lying on a bed reading a book
Page 68, back, two pen-nibs

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