James Boswell

Sketchbook, inscribed inside front cover ‘1941/2’, ‘Scotland’


Front cover

There is a label stuck to the front cover that reads: '1941-1942' 'Bull'.

Created by
James Boswell 1906–1971
256 × 200 mm
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James Boswell, ‘Front cover’ 1941–2

In Tate Britain

Created by
James Boswell 1906–1971
Sketchbook, inscribed inside front cover ‘1941/2’, ‘Scotland’
Bound volume - sketchbook
Tate Archive
Presented by Ruth Boswell, the artist's widow in 1982
TGA 8224/14


Ink, crayon, graphite and watercolour on paper, 230 × 150 mm

Page 1, bull dressed as an officer watering a plant pot from which a skeleton is growing
Page 2, two bull officers riding horseback on two weary soldiers
Page 3, two studies of bulls in military scenes, one showing bulls emerging from a funnel inscribed 'Blanco'
Page 4, finished version of the 'Blanco' drawing on page 3, inscribed 'Our Time March 1942'
Page 5, three soldiers digging
Page 6, two large bull officers riding horseback on tired soldiers as on page 2
Page 7, five bulls in an Officers' Mess
Page 8, portrait profile of a man, seen from behind
Page 9, bull officers about to conduct medical examination of soldiers
Page 10, two portrait studies of a man, one unfinished
Page 11, bull Officer watering a skeleton growing out of a plant pot, as on page 1
Page 12, soldiers unloading a lorry
Page 13, portrait profile of a man with a big nose
Page 14, head and shoulders of a man with glasses
Page 15, military personnel around a table
Page 16, soldier struggling through mud and ruins with a bull officer
Page 17, bull Medical Officer examining a soldier
Page 18, bull as Medical Officer with two bull soldiers holding a bleeding torso
Page 19, head and shoulders of a young man
Page 20, caricature profile of soldier and two smaller studies of this soldier
Page 21, bull Officers in an office
Page 22, bull Officer sitting in ruins typing papers which grow wings and fly away
Page 23, portrait profile of a man wearing glasses
Page 24, standing soldier with one hand on his waist, drawn from behind
Page 25, bull officers in a building (Head Quarters?)
Page 26, signs for fire precautions
Page 27, outline of two seated figures
Page 28, vaulted building being used as a store
Page 29, unfinished sketch of a seated figure
Page 30, hilly landscape and house among trees
Page 31, army lorry
Page 32, bulls dressed as an officer and chaplain ramming a cross down the throat of a seated soldier
Page 33, three outlines of bulls' heads
Page 34, soldiers being greeted by women in a room with 'Welcome to Peebles' on the walls
Page 35, four studies, two of soldiers, two of civilians
Page 36, women and soldiers in the foyer of a cinema or theatre
Page 37, study of a man wearing a beret and study of a pick-up truck
Page 38, unfinished outline of standing soldier
Page 39, five studies, a nude woman, two heads, man carrying unidentified objects and a soldier and a man carrying a box between them
Page 40, soldiers in the mess
Page 41, two studies of a man and one of a landscape
Page 42, head and shoulders of a man lying in bed
Page 43, standing soldier wearing a rain cape
Pages 44-54, blank, inside back cover, list of some of the bones in the human body

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