Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of a Boat


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 108 x 203 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCIII E

Technique and condition

This work by Turner is graphite sketch on a medium weight, off-white laid paper. The appearance of the sketch is soft and seemingly quite quick. The graphite marks depict a soft and gently executed image. Smudging and the odd harder graphite mark have been used to add shading or definition.

The torn upper edge of this support marries up with the lower edge of D17764 (which in tern marries with the lower edge of D17763) meaning that all three supports originated from one. There is a good deal of engrained surface dirt, though given the soft smudgy nature of this sketch it is not apparent where the graphite ends and the dirt starts. Otherwise, this work has been preserved well by the structural support a previous lining paper provided and is in quite good condition.

Jo Gracey
October 2001

Catalogue entry


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