Joseph Mallord William Turner

Boats, with Figures on Shore, Possibly at Greenwich

1825

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18784
Turner Bequest CCXIII 52 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this drawing is one of two facing each other (see also folio 53 recto opposite; D18785) but otherwise isolated within a long run of blank pages. There are no topographical clues here in what appears to be a busy shore scene, with a detail of a covered barge above. D18785 may show the river frontage of Greenwich Hospital, so the present view may also be beside the River Thames in the vicinity.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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