Joseph Mallord William Turner

Boats and Figures

c.1830–41

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and ink wash on paper
Dimensions
Support: 143 × 199 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D34919
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 424

Catalogue entry

This is one of a large number of sketches on loose sheets of paper depicting coastal terrain and seagoing vessels in various combinations. For the grouping and dating of these works to the middle and later periods of Turner’s career, see the section introduction.
Technical Notes:
There is a wide border of lighter paper along the edges of the sheet, presumably caused by exposure to light on the darker areas.
Verso:
A pencil note reading ‘CCXLIV . 424’. A red ink note reading ‘215’. A patch of red wax of paper attached to the bottom right-hand corner.

John Chu
June 2015

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