Joseph Mallord William Turner

Canal Barge ?Moored at Ghent

1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 78 × 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19870
Turner Bequest CCXVI 158

Catalogue entry

Here Turner makes a relatively detailed study of a canal barge, probably moored at Ghent. The artist records part of the vessel’s mast at bottom right. A carved wooden figurehead in the shape of a lion decorates at the bow of the barge. Similar studies are found on Tate D19871–D19872; Turner Bequest CCXCI 158a–159.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

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