Joseph Mallord William Turner

Figures at a Quayside with Boats, Probably at Cowes

1827

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 x 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18099
Turner Bequest CCVII 57

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, there are two studies here, apparently showing the same steep flight of steps down from a quay, perhaps at Cowes. The upper study shows an adult and child waiting beside various small rowing boats which appear already heavily laden, while the one below focuses on a crowd of elegant men and women waiting at the top as bonneted women descend. They are likely to be spectators of the yacht racing frequently depicted on other pages. Compare the figures on folio 58 recto (D18101), and for more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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