Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Scene with Shipping, Perhaps with Buildings Beyond

c.1830–45

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Ink wash and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 39 × 77 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D34932
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 434

Catalogue entry

This rough pencil study is one of ten small drawings on nine printed visiting cards or blanks (Tate D34929–D34939; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 431–439), all apart from D34929 being rapid permutations of the classical architectural and seaport motifs of Claude Lorrain, a consistent influence on Turner (see the Introduction to this subsection). For general comments and dating, see under D34929.
This example is drawn over Turner’s own printed name and long-standing central London address. Compare Tate D34937 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 437v), the printed card of a fellow artist.
There is another drawing with shipping on the verso (Tate D34933; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 434v).

Matthew Imms
August 2016

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