James Boswell

Sketchbook, inscribed inside the front cover with ‘Sketchbook 1940’ and the artist’s name and address


Front cover

Created by
James Boswell 1906–1971
256 × 208 mm
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James Boswell, ‘Front cover’ 1940

In Tate Britain

Created by
James Boswell 1906–1971
Sketchbook, inscribed inside the front cover with ‘Sketchbook 1940’ and the artist’s name and address
Bound volume - sketchbook
Tate Archive
Presented by Ruth Boswell, the artist's widow in 1982
TGA 8224/12


Ink, crayon, graphite and watercolour on paper, 256 × 208 mm

Page 1, street scene with lamp post
Page 2, woman outside a corner shop
Page 3, man with big nose with his arm around a young woman
Page 4, townscape of roof-tops
Page 5, street scene with man with a barrow
Page 6, two soldiers and a woman in a café
Page 7, a soldier and two women outside a café
Page 8, woman standing behind a counter
Page 9, fat officer seen in profile
Page 10, two sketches of men
Page 11, street scene with bombed buildings
Page 12, unfinished sketch of a building
Page 13, woman seen down to her hips, wearing a fur collar on a dress or suit
Page 14, seated woman holding a baby
Page 15, group of people standing. sitting and lying down on an Underground platform
Page 16, man smoking with his hands in his pockets
Page 17, landscape at night
Page 18, seated woman with a basket on her knee
Page 19, caricature of a man working at a desk
Page 20, standing and seated people on an Underground station
Page 21, man with his hands crossed in front of him
Page 22, thin man in coat with his hands in his pockets
Page 23, woman in coat and headscarf talking to a young nude woman
Page 24, head of a man
Page 25, portrait of a man seen down to the waist
Page 26, figured inside a space with arches
Page 27, studies of three heads, two male and one female
Page 28, profile head and shoulders of a child
Page 29, bedroom scene seen through a window; a man in a coat looking at partly clothed woman
Page 30, group of figures in a room some standing, some seated, inscribed 'Government in exile 1940'
Page 31, officer seated on a chair
Page 32, two Profile heads of men
Page 33, two empty rectangular shapes
Page 34, group of three men talking in a street
Page 35, war time street scene with ambulance and group of soldiers digging for a body in the rubble
Page 36, group of people on an Underground platform
Page 37, stairway with figures standing, sitting and sleeping
Page 38, woman and child walking along a street, inscribed 'Dusk'
Page 39, four men working in the ruins
Page 40, man and woman with children and a pram
Page 41, woman standing in an alley, inscribed 'Pack up your troubles'
Page 42, standing man and seated woman
Page 43, portrait head of a young woman
Page 44, head and torso of a nude woman
Pages 45-52, blank

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