Joseph Mallord William Turner

Boat; View on the Meuse from Mid-Stream

1824

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19601
Turner Bequest CCXVI 25 a

Catalogue entry

The principal drawing is of a riverboat, typical of the sort which plied the Meuse for fish. The boat is installed with a system of mechanical pulleys attached to what appears to be a lift net designed to haul fish from the waters. Parallel to the gutter of the book is a small view of the Meuse taken by Turner as his boat navigated the river mid-stream.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2014

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