Joseph Mallord William Turner

Boats, Probably on the Thames

c.1815–16

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 102 x 160 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10782
Turner Bequest CXLIII 6 a

Catalogue entry

Finberg’s tentative title seems to be along the right lines for this very slight sketch, made with the page turned horizontally and apparently showing two small boats with a larger one beyond, perhaps moored or beached by the River Thames, the setting for other drawings in this sketchbook (see the introduction).
For Gerald Wilkinson’s comments on the style and dating of this and other pages in the book, see under folio 4 recto (D10779).

Matthew Imms
September 2013

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