James Boswell

Sketchbook containing sketches of post-war subjects, London, and Brighton


Front cover

Created by
James Boswell 1906–1971
205 × 120 mm
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James Boswell, ‘Front cover’ [c.1950–9]

In Tate Britain

Created by
James Boswell 1906–1971
Sketchbook containing sketches of post-war subjects, London, and Brighton
Bound volume - sketchbook
Tate Archive
Presented by Ruth Boswell, the artist's widow in 1982
TGA 8224/24


Ink, crayon, graphite and watercolour on paper, 205 × 120 mm

Page 1, pencil and crayon samples
Page 2, figures on different levels of a wooden structure
Page 3, group of figures at a rifle range at a fairground
Page 4, blank except for a vertical line
Page 5, helter-skelter at a fairground
Page 7, detail of the top of a merry-go-round showing decorations on the outside
Page 8, fairground with entrance to 'Manning's Up to date Jazz ride'
Page 9, several fairground attractions
Page 10, vintage car with soft roof
Page 11, unfinished study of roofs or structures on a pier
Page 12, lamp post next to a tall building
Page 13, townscape viewed from a beach with steps going up to the street
Page 14, figures in an interior (possibly a pub)
Page 15, unfinished study (possibly a counter)
Page 16, unfinished study (possibly the top of two structures)
Page 17, street scene with corner shop and traffic lights
Page 18, railway station
Page 19, portrait of a man wearing glasses sitting with his chin resting in his left hand
Page 20, blank
Page 21, unfinished study of a wall propped up by large beams
Page 22, four studies of kites
Page 23, young girl with ribbons in her hair sitting down and writing in a book on her lap
Page 24, head and shoulders of a young girl with ribbons in her hair
Page 25, seated girl writing in a notebook
Page 26, young girl sitting on a low couch, writing in a notebook. A kitten is on the cushion behind her.
Page 27, blank
Page 28, blank
Page 29, market street with stalls, inscribed 'Leather Lane'
Page 30, ground and first floor of a building
Page 31, lamp post with 'No Waiting' sign
Page 32, study of a low building
Page 33, exterior of Odeon Cinema
Page 34, low building, similar to page 32
Page 35, front entrance to a house with taller buildings in the background
Page 36, house with a porch and a long balcony
Page 37, front of a building with the name 'Hebe' above the entrance
Page 38, written notes and three studies of exteriors
Page 39, man with a barrow with fireworks
Page 40, head of a man smoking a pipe
Page 41, studies of two men, one bald and one wearing a hat
Page 42, blank
Page 43, notes 'The raconteurs'
Page 44, two studies of telephone
Page 45, standing man holding a stick in front of him with both hands
Page 46, study of a woman seated at a partially seen piano
Page 47, back, written lists
Page 48, male and female figures
Page 49, hands playing the keyboard of a piano
Page 50, hands playing the piano, similar to page 49
Page 51, young woman seated and playing an unseen piano
Page 52, study of the face of a young woman
Page 53, head, shoulders and hands of a young woman wearing bows in her hair
Page 54, coat rack
Page 55, woman in her underwear, sleeping on her stomach on top of a bed
Page 56, typewriter
Page 57, adjustable deck chair
Page 58, notes about works in the Wallace Collection
Page 59, octagonal monument and detail
Page 60, notes for a hanging layout
Page 61, blank
Page 62, blank
Page 63, notes on portraits
Page 65, back, unidentifiable sketch with arrows

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