Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Lock on a Canal

1809

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 186 × 231 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D12247
Turner Bequest CLV 6

Catalogue entry

This relatively hasty sketch depicts the view along a canal with a lock in the foreground and a bridge in the middle distance, left, with shafts of light breaking through a clouded sky beyond. The subject is similar to those drawn on D12243, D12258; Turner Bequest CLV 4, 17 and given the proximity of sketches of Cassiobury Park near Watford, possibly shows the Grand Union Canal.
For the canal, see note to D12241; Turner Bequest CLV 2.
Verso:
Blank, except for an inscription (?by one of the Executors of the Turner Bequest) in pencil ‘Sched 164.12’. The majority of pages in this sketchbook are similarly inscribed (for the significance of this see notes to D12241, D12244; Turner Bequest CLV 2, 4a).
Also inscribed by an unknown hand in pencil ‘Unmounted/ CLV/ Box 97’, bottom right, presumably in relation to a previous Turner Bequest box system in which the drawing was stored.

David Hill
June 2009

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