Joseph Mallord William Turner

Figures in a Boat; Gypsies with a Cart; a Wooded Landscape

c.1823–4

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 98 x 162 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17904
Turner Bequest CCV 40 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation is a rough study of figures in a small boat or boats, presumably observed on the River Thames around Richmond or Old London Bridge, the subjects of identified sketches elsewhere in this sketchbook; see the Introduction.
With the page turned vertically, towards the outer edge is a more delicate sketch of the back view of two men and a woman and a small laden cart; Turner identifies them as ‘Travelling Gypsies’ and makes some typical colour notes beside the woman. To the upper right of this study, separated by pencil lines, is a tiny sketch of a wooded landscape – perhaps, like other larger studies in this book, a Thames Valley scene or an idealised image of one; see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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