Joseph Mallord William Turner

Barges and Figures

c.1807–14

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 69 x 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08284
Turner Bequest CXXII 2

Catalogue entry

There are several shallow boats and figures in the foreground. It is unclear whether the rough forms beyond are landscape features or stacks on a quayside.
There are various identified and likely subjects along the Thames Valley in this sketchbook, as discussed in the Introduction, of which this might be one.
Technical notes:
The surface is rather rubbed, and browned at the outer edges from proximity to the leather overlaps beneath the front endpaper (D40898).

Matthew Imms
September 2013

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