Joseph Mallord William Turner

River Scene ?Leaving Bruges for Ostend

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
D19892
Turner Bequest CCXVI 170 a

Catalogue entry

Here Turner records a river scene with loose and swift handling. The sketch may have been taken as the artist was leaving Bruges for Ostend, owing to the similarities between the architecture depicted in Tate D19890; Turner Bequest CCXVI 169a and the buildings shown here in the distance. A boatman can be seen in the foreground, guiding his vessel through the waters by means of a wooden paddle. He may be the same boatman as is depicted in Tate D19891; Turner Bequest CCXVI 170.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

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