Joseph Mallord William Turner

Seated Figures in a Rowing Boat

1827

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 × 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18080
Turner Bequest CCVII 47 a

Catalogue entry

This very slight sketch apparently shows two women in bonnets on the left, one possibly with a raised parasol, and two indeterminate figures towards the right, beyond which is a shape suggesting the bows of a rowing boat. The two vertical strokes may be the oars, tossed (raised to the vertical) by two rowers; compare folios 9 verso and 20 verso (D18006, D18027). For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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