Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Calm Marine; Barges on a River

c.1815–18

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 88 × 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10592
Turner Bequest CXLI 4

Catalogue entry

One of several calm river scenes in this sketchbook, probably all on the River Thames, this might also have some relationship in general terms to Dort, or Dordrecht, the Dort Packet-Boat from Rotterdam Becalmed (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut)1 which Turner based on his trip to Holland in 1817. Although there is no evidence that he took this sketchbook with him, he mentions the picture in a list of works on folio 35 verso (D10646). For another sketch in the same idiom but apparently including Greenwich Hospital see folio 7 (D10595), and for further comment, notes to folio 3 verso (D10591).
1
Ibid., pp.91–3 no.137 (pl.122).
Verso:
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David Blayney Brown
July 2011

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