Joseph Mallord William Turner

Canal Barge ?Moored at Ghent

1824

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 78 x 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19872
Turner Bequest CCXVI 159

Catalogue entry

This is a study of the intricately carved stern of a canal barge, decorated with a shield and scroll, lozenge, and vine motifs. A canopy appears to cover part of the vessel. Turner inscribes ‘Barge [?van] Brugge’, perhaps the name of the vessel, which, from the Dutch, is translated as ‘Barge of Bruges’. Similar studies of boats probably moored at Ghent are found on Tate D19870–D19871; Turner Bequest CCXCI 158–158a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

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