James Boswell

Sketchbook, labelled ‘Shell’ on the spine


Front cover

Created by
James Boswell 1906–1971
254 × 195 mm
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James Boswell, ‘Front cover’ [c.1936–47]

In Tate Britain

Created by
James Boswell 1906–1971
Sketchbook, labelled ‘Shell’ on the spine
Bound volume - sketchbook
Tate Archive
Presented by Ruth Boswell, the artist's widow in 1982
TGA 8224/65


Ink, crayon, graphite and watercolour on paper, 254 × 195 mm

Page 1, blank
Page 2, two large barrels in a room
Page 3, 'Penzance', interior of a restaurant
Page 4, 'The Mead House Gulval', man working in the garden of a large house
Page 5, study of leaves on stems
Page 6, man in a garden with a vegetable patch
Page 7, blank
Page 8, three metal vats on low platforms
Page 9, wooden barrel and metal vats
Page 10, man working among metal vats
Page 11, 'Newlyn', pub mirror inscribed with name of a brewery
Page 12, head and neck of a man wearing spectacles
Page 13, studies of four figures
Page 14, study of two standing women
Page 15, man looking at something he is holding in his hand
Page 16, man with a woman in a hat
Page 17, older woman talking to a man and two small studies of heads
Page 18, study of two buildings with a lamp post in between
Page 19, group of three standing figures
Page 20, two women wearing hats with three other people behind them
Page 21, man with a sheet of paper under his arm with a woman standing next to him
Page 22, a woman smiling at a man and a woman looking at a paper
Page 23, studies of men and women looking at things
Page 24, studies of two men, one of them dangling a pair of spectacles from his mouth
Page 25, man and woman standing by a lamp
Page 26, 'Marina', three men paying attention to a woman
Page 27, three female heads
Page 28, blank
Page 29, 'Monument to Thomas Gray', monument in a park
Page 30, interior of church with pews, vaulted roof, stained glass window and pulpit
Page 31, 'The porch, Stoke Poges church', exterior of church and churchyard
Page 32, church porch
Page 33, 'Stoke Poges church', view of the church from the graveyard
Page 34, study of town houses
Page 35, two portrait heads of a woman
Page 36, head and shoulders of a woman in an armchair, smoking
Page 37, written notes headed 'Project for repairing Shell Depots'
Page 38, 'Hokusai, Views of Fuji' notes, diagrams and a sketch of a Japanese print
Page 39, landscape with Japanese mountain and notes about colours
Page 40, corner of a garden with a tub
Page 41, study of trees
Page 42, woman leaning against a writing table
Page 43, young woman standing in a garden
Page 44, woman seated in an armchair, sewing
Page 45, standing woman reading a letter
Page 46, woman in a garden with a bowl of fruit on a table
Page 47, studies of trucks and lorries
Page 48, study of outdoor pipes
Page 49, large pipes outside buildings (similar to page 48)
Page 50, study of two huts
Page 51, a group of huts
Page 52, study of a hut
Page 53, a hut with pipes attached
Page 54, detail of pipes
Page 55, details of pipes and a petrol pump
Page 56, small hut with windows and notices
Page 57, pillar attached to an iron fence
Page 58, man standing in a room with a fireplace
Page 59, corrugated iron shed
Page 60, hut and other buildings
Page 61, cylindrical storage tank
Page 62, notes on colour
Page 63, outline sketch of the entrance to two huts
Page 64, huts, fence and a crane
Page 65, woman seated in a chair in evening dress with a palm plant on a low table
Page 66, buildings, one with a flag, trees and figures
Page 67, studies of huts and a notice on two poles
Page 68, huts with arched roofs

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