Joseph Mallord William Turner

Banks of the River Arun: Fishing

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: 228 × 375 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07513
Turner Bequest CIX 2

Catalogue entry

This drawing is similar to another from the same sketchbook, inscribed ‘Banks of Arun’ on its verso (D07514; Turner Bequest CIX 3). The Arun runs east of Petworth and very close to Fittleworth where Turner also used a sketchbook in 1809,1 to join the English Channel at Littlehampton. The figures must be anglers, judging by Turner’s note on the verso. See also a slight sketch of sportsmen, from the same sketchbook (D07512; Turner Bequest CIX 1). Turner may already have been taking part in the various activities laid on for guests at Petworth.
1
Frittlewell sketchbook (Tate D07755–D07852; D40804; Turner Bequest CXII).
Verso:
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Drawing our first pond’. Finberg gives an alternative reading of the last word as ‘bird’, which might suggest that the recto depicts duck-shooting, but the subject appears to be fishing.

David Blayney Brown
June 2009

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