Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of Hulls and a Rowing Boat; Fishing Boats off Billingsgate in the Pool of London below Old London Bridge, with St Paul’s Cathedral Beyond


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 162 x 98 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCV 37

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically and the gutter at the top, Turner has sketched a figure in a rowing boat at the centre. The other way up, there are studies of the hulls of more substantial vessels towards the outer edge. With the page inverted relative to the foliation, at the gutter is an extension of the view of fishing boats off the old Billingsgate fish market on folio 36 verso opposite (D17895). The section here is limited to one of the boats, with the arches of Old London Bridge west up the River Thames beyond.
More than half the drawings in this sketchbook show the river around the bridge, and are likely to date from 1824; see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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