Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sailing Boats, Perhaps on the River Stour at Sandwich

c.1830

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 43 × 76 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35830
Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 40 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, there are studies of boats with a tower beyond, as well as studies of a separate group and a hull above. Turner’s note, apparently ‘Lion’, may record the name of one of the craft. They were likely observed on the River Stour near Sandwich, like those on the recto (D35829); there are views of the town on folio 40 verso opposite (D35828; Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 39a) and other adjacent pages. For Sandwich elsewhere in this sketchbook, see under folio 6 recto (D35767).
Technical notes:
As Finberg noted, this leaf is ‘partly torn’ away1 for reasons unknown, leaving less than half of it; its height is thus only 43 mm rather than what would originally have been 98 mm.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.1178.

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