Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of Sailing Boats and Groups of Figures

c.1825

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 188 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40973

Catalogue entry

In August 1825 Turner was abroad in the Low Countries, and it is possible that the scattered figure studies and sailing boats here, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation and characterised by Finberg as ‘bathers, groups on the sands, &c.’,1 may relate to that visit, although drawings on nearby pages show the familiar scene from the top of Richmond Hill (see the Introduction). Compare the note on folio 82 recto (D18692), apparently reading ‘Girls play with stones’, with the activities of the ‘Boy and Girls’ here.
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.646.
Technical notes:
The page has rather darkened in general, but conspicuously where it is pasted over the overlap of the pencil holder integral with the back cover.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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