James Boswell

Sketchbook, with ‘Writings’ on the spine

Front cover

Created by
James Boswell 1906–1971
Date not known
202 × 117 mm
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In Tate Britain

Created by
James Boswell 1906–1971
Sketchbook, with ‘Writings’ on the spine
Date not known
Bound volume - sketchbook
Tate Archive
Presented by Ruth Boswell, the artist's widow in 1982
TGA 8224/66


Ink, crayon, graphite and watercolour on paper, 202 × 117 mm

Page 1, blank
Page 2, unfinished profile head and notes
Page 3, unfinished head
Page 4, written list headed 'Eggs'
Pages 5-9 Notes under headings 'Object of painting', 'preparation', 'primers' etcetera
Pages 10-11, lists of films
Page 12, list headed 'Map'
Page 13, geometric designs
Page 14, notes headed '17 years'
Page 15, notes headed 'Alan Kettley' about army life
Page 16, study of a lampshade frame with measurements
Page 17, notes on Trading in 1896
Pages 18-22, notes about 'Brillat Savarin'
Page 23, list of books about gastronomy
Page 24, more notes about Savarin
Page 25, notes about America and gastronomy
Pages 26-27, lists of notes
Page 28, head and shoulders of a man
Page 29, blank
Page 30, list headed 'B S Aphorisms'
Page 31, notes on food and cooking
Page 32, more notes on gastronomy
Page 33, notes about churches
Pages 34-35, notes on enamel and resins
Pages 36-38, notes headed 'Tresses' about a firm of hat manufacturers
Pages 39, notes about rollers
Page 40, notes about brushes
Page 41, notes on 'Gateway to the Antarctic'
Pages 42-48, letter 'from Soyer to Ed' about a sea voyage and a writing table
Page 49, list of dates
Pages 50-55, notes on canned and preserved foods
Pages 56-59, notes on animals and crop diaries
Page 60, study of a wall with advertisements
Page 61, advertisement for 'Mackeson'
Page 62, 'For Sale' advert
Page 63, exterior of buildings with decorative scrolls
Page 64, a roof top and telegraph pole
Page 65, address and shopping list
Page 66, study of church 'St Georges in the East'
Pages 67-81, blank

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