James Boswell

Sketchbook, with Boswell’s name and address and ‘1953’ inside front cover


Front cover

Created by
James Boswell 1906–1971
255 × 203 mm
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James Boswell, ‘Front cover’ 1953

In Tate Britain

Created by
James Boswell 1906–1971
Sketchbook, with Boswell’s name and address and ‘1953’ inside front cover
Bound volume - sketchbook
Tate Archive
Presented by Ruth Boswell, the artist's widow in 1982
TGA 8224/50


Ink, crayon, graphite and watercolour on paper, 255 × 203 mm

Page 1, three studies of a cat
Page 2, study of a painting, inscribed 'Henrietta Maria. Van Dyck (Nat Gallery 1953, Feb)'
Page 3, two studies of a market stall
Page 4, large study of a market stall and three small studies of heads
Page 5, four studies of beaches and boats
Page 6, beach scene with figures and boats
Page 7, front, three caricatures
Page 7, back, a head and other unfinished studies
Page 8, two women sitting in a waiting room, inscribed 'Act 3 Rec room Union St. Trains rattling by, Smoke'
Page 9, 'Simpsons Feb 27', store with counters, tables, chairs, customers and assistants
Page 10, beach at night
Page 11, large sail boats on a beach
Page 12, view from low vantage point of a rowing boat on the shore with bathers
Page 13, beach scene with pebbles
Page 14, goalkeeper and man wearing a coat and bowler hat
Page 15, written notes about the Guild of the Pepperers
Page 16, beach with rowing boat at night
Page 17, two studies of people walking on a beach at night
Page 18, top, study of a cat; bottom, jellied eels stall
Page 19, two studies of a female nude
Page 20, studies of a man in a long cloak and two galleons
Page 21, small study of a boat
Page 22, beach seen from a high vantage point
Page 23, street scene with tramway
Page 24, street scene with shops
Page 25, beach at night
Page 26, 'Springtime', two men sitting on a street bench
Page 27, same subject as on page 26, but viewed from a different angle
Page 28, seated woman on a bench holding a fan
Page 29, man and woman wearing coats seen from behind
Page 30, ten studies of cats
Page 31, eight studies of cats and kittens
Page 32, semi-abstract study, possibly based on a beach scene
Page 33, abstract composition
Page 34, beach scene with vertical poles
Page 35, street market
Page 36, five studies of a shell
Pages 37, studies of four shells
Page 38, two studies of the same shell
Page 39, study of four men in a market and three studies of heads
Page 40, blank

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