Joseph Mallord William Turner

Shipping on River; and an Inscription

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 59 × 96 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25755
Turner Bequest CCLXV 62 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch of a river or estuary with anchored boats has not been identified. For further sketches of shipping in this sketchbook see folio 10 (D25659).
At the top of the page Turner wrote the inscription ‘6 w[est] G[e]o[rge] squ[are] yard’. It is not clear which George Square this might refer to, but it is worth noting that Sir Walter Scott, on whose commission Turner travelled to Scotland in 1831, once lived in George Square in Edinburgh, though at number 25 not number 6.

Thomas Ardill
May 2010

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