Joseph Mallord William Turner

Shipping at the Bend of a River with Wooded Banks

1798

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 135 × 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01593
Turner Bequest XL 77 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this subject, one of the sequence of very perfunctory sketches in this book, seems to be related to the studies of shipping in the contemporary Cyfarthfa sketchbook; see Tate D01657, D01658 and D01659 (Turner Bequest XLI 26, 26a, 27). The river may be the Wye, or possibly the Taff.
The subject is continued on folio 80 recto opposite (D01594; Turner Bequest XL 78), where some perpendicular pencil marks at the extreme left may be construed as a castle or other substantial building.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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