Joseph Mallord William Turner

Boats, with Figures on Shore, Possibly at Greenwich

1825

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18785
Turner Bequest CCXIII 53

Catalogue entry

This drawing is one of two shore scenes facing each other (see also folio 52 verso opposite; D18784) but otherwise isolated within a long run of blank pages. The buildings on the right here may be the twin riverfront pavilions of Greenwich Hospital (later the Royal Naval College), overlooking the Thames, seen from the east. The subject was long familiar to Turner; see under Tate D08131 (Turner Bequest CXVII D). The classical details are somewhat casual and inaccurate, but one of the site’s twin domes may be loosely indicated on the right. Compare the aspect shown in James Holland’s 1862 watercolour Greenwich Hospital as it was in 1837 (Tate N03051).
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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