James Boswell

Sketchbook with ‘1945’ inside front cover and ‘1945 and 1949’ on label on front of cover


Front cover

Label reads: '1945-1949'.

Created by
James Boswell 1906–1971
227 × 177 mm
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James Boswell, ‘Front cover’ 1945–9

In Tate Britain

Created by
James Boswell 1906–1971
Sketchbook with ‘1945’ inside front cover and ‘1945 and 1949’ on label on front of cover
Bound volume - sketchbook
Tate Archive
Presented by Ruth Boswell, the artist's widow in 1982
TGA 8224/20


Ink, crayon, graphite and watercolour on paper, 227 × 177 mm

Page 1, man and woman sheltering in the Underground, inscribed 'Shelter in Tube 45'
Page 2, standing man shouting at a woman seated at the tea table
Page 3, performers, including Harlequin and a half dressed woman, on a stage
Page 4, three women in a dressing room
Page 5, caricature of a weight lifter and another performer
Page 6, top, a bull and a lion about to fight
Page 6, bottom, reclining woman in Arab dress
Page 7, circus tent, caravans and circus performers including a lion-tamer
Page 8, interior of a brothel
Page 9, male wearing a mask with a long nose and two female performers on a stage
Page 10, four performers on a stage, three men in masks and a woman singing
Page 11, woman walking down a street with houses on both sides
Page 12, seated dwarf playing a stringed instrument
Page 13, harlequin and Columbine
Page 14, three performers, one of them a weight lifter
Page 15, young dancer holding the hand of a dwarf and reading a letter
Page 16, street with houses and figures
Page 17, townscape with a car in a square and a winding street going up hill
Page 18, man and woman talking in a street
Page 19, street scene with postman emptying the post box
Page 20, study of the front of a two storey house, with notes on colours, materials and measurements
Page 21, street at night with a lorry and several figures
Page 22, night street scene with several women
Page 23, woman viewed from a high vantage point with the street beneath her
Page 24, harlequin in a street
Page 25, street viewed from a high vantage point
Page 26, townscape viewed from a high vantage point
Page 27, bull with a ring through his nose
Page 28, interior scene with figures standing by a counter
Page 29, study of houses in a street by night
Page 30, small studies of figures and buildings
Page 31, four standing female nudes and a male dwarf
Page 32, railway station with figures on the platform
Page 33, a street at night with dark buildings
Page 34, tall detached house
Page 35, man sitting cross-legged reading a book
Page 36, two studies of a girl wearing a hair-band and looking down
Page 37, profile of a man's head
Page 38, group of female nudes
Page 39, two figures entering a pub, inscribed ' The Bedford Arms Camden Town'
Pages 40-48, blank

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