Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sailing Barges, Probably on the River Thames

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: 162 × 98 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17905
Turner Bequest CCV 41

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, Turner has made two studies of barges under full sail, perhaps observed in the Pool of London. More than half the drawings in this sketchbook show the River Thames around Old London Bridge, and are likely to date from 1824; see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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