Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Barge, Perhaps on the Thames at Hammersmith

c.1809

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 88 × 115 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07365
Turner Bequest CVIII 6

Catalogue entry

The inscription is unrelated to the drawing, but qualifies the more extensive biographical notes from Pilkington’s Dictionary of Artists on the opposite page (see entry for folio 5 verso; D07364), from which there is some ink offsetting.
The dating of this sketchbook to about 1809 (see Introduction) places it within the period when Turner rented a house overlooking the River Thames at Hammersmith,1 and perhaps this and the other pencil drawings of boats and figures in this sketchbook (folios 8 verso, 9 verso, 10 verso, 11 verso; D07369, D07371, D07373, D07375) were made there or nearby.
1
See James Hamilton, ‘Hammersmith’ in Evelyn Joll, Martin Butlin and Luke Herrmann (eds.), The Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 2001, p.135.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
June 2008

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