James Boswell

Sketchbook, with ‘Illustrations of ‘Alice through the looking glass’ and ‘Lady Godiva’ on the spine

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Created by
James Boswell 1906–1971
Date not known
184 × 106 mm
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In Tate Britain

Created by
James Boswell 1906–1971
Sketchbook, with ‘Illustrations of ‘Alice through the looking glass’ and ‘Lady Godiva’ on the spine
Date not known
Bound volume - sketchbook
Tate Archive
Presented by Ruth Boswell, the artist's widow in 1982
TGA 8224/69


Ink, crayon, graphite and watercolour on paper, 184 × 106 mm

Page 1, blank
Page 2, police Station Lantern
Page 3, detail of lantern shown on page 2
Page 4, another study of the police lantern
Pages 5-6, diagonal lines
Page 7, list of artist's requisites
Page 8, study of a seated woman doing needlework
Page 9, same woman as that on page 8, holding a cat
Page 10, notes on wide and narrow setting
Page 11, study of a hand holding a ball
Page 12, study of a slot machine
Page 13, study of a street corner with chemist's shop
Page 14, study of two windows
Page 15, study of a building 'Blue Hall'
Page 16, study of an optician's shop
Page 17, study of a Tea merchant's shop
Page 18, wrought iron lamp post
Page 19, a low one storey building with columns
Page 20, geometric design
Page 21, sign 'Powers Whiskey'
Page 22, street scene with cart and milk churn
Page 23, cat curled up asleep
Page 24, young woman seated in a chair, reading
Page 25, design of a hand holding a sword in front of a flame
Page 26, two studies of the same man
Page 27, seated man reading a book
Page 28, portrait head of a woman
Page 29, studies for the sword and flame design on page 25
Page 30, study of a roundabout and roads
Page 31, list headed 'Rifts in the lute'
Page 32, study of a wrought iron roof feature
Page 33, list headed 'Engelbrecht'
Page 34, vertical and horizontal lines
Page 35, witches flying around a castle, with a figure shooting at them, inscribed 'Dore's Witch Shoot'
Page 36, figure in a moon landscape, inscribed 'Mad Martians Martian Footballers'
Page 37, paved floor and arched window or alcove, inscribed 'Vignette'
Page 38, a canal with a tunnel with three interlocked figures and surreal images coming out of the tunnel
Page 39, townscape with surrealist fish
Page 40, similar study to page 39
Page 41, waterway with tunnel from which emerge strange monsters
Page 42, three advertising signs
Page 43, street signs
Page 44, figure wrestling with the arm of a monster octopus
Page 45, similar study to page 44
Page 46, two figures swimming above a monster octopus
Page 47, dragon-like creature
Page 48, two flying horses, one with an eagle's head and claws and one with the body of a seahorse
Page 49, three sets of written notes
Page 50, study of a squid
Page 51, details of a squid's suction pads
Page 52, detail of the head of a squid
Page 53, octopus and a winged man
Page 54, two figures flying over a large oval
Page 55, floor like a chessboard
Page 56, king from 'Through the looking glass'
Page 57, chess board and Queen
Page 58, chess knight and pawns
Page 59, standing woman waving and a study of a metal bridge over a river
Page 60, female figure holding a baby
Page 61, two studies of a female figure in a long dress
Page 62, reclining woman holding a squirming baby
Page 63, similar study to page 62
Page 64, rough outline of an animal
Page 65, child riding on the back of a winged horse which has the head of an eagle
Page 66, a naked woman with a child who is riding on the back of a large bird, inscribed 'E and Lady Godiva at the Golden Gate'
Page 67, study for a poster 'Exploits of Engel Brecht'
Page 68, lady Godiva riding naked on a horse which in turn is riding on a large winged creature
Page 69, written notes
Page 70, study of two people in a pub
Page 71, young girl seated on a couch with a cat on her lap
Page 72, daffodils and other flowers in a porcelain jug
Page 73, woman with balloons
Page 74, woman lying on her stomach
Page 75, mother cat with three kittens
Page 76, unfinished study of a cat
Page 77, passage with two open doors, one to an entrance hall and the other to a garden
Pages 78-81, blank

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