Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rhine Barges and Bargemen

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 100 × 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28612
Turner Bequest CCXCI 39

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has made a swift record of some of the river barges which sailed up and down the Rhine on a daily basis. Bargemen are shown rowing two of the boats, with one hauling two smaller craft behind him. On the folio opposite (Tate D28611; Turner Bequest CCXCI 38a) Turner has made a study of a Rhenish passenger boat.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

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