Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of a Boat

c.1822

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 106 x 204 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17764
Turner Bequest CCIII G

Catalogue entry

This drawing is part of a group of sketches of boats which were formerly all on one sheet (Tate D17762–D17763, D17765–D17766; Turner Bequest CCIII E, F, H–I).1 Finberg lists the present drawing and others in this group as possible studies for the Rivers of England watercolour The Mouth of the River Humber (Tate D18151; Turner Bequest CCVIII R).2
The sketch is much slighter than the previous studies of boats in this grouping, the handling more tentative and light.

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2013

1
Warrell 1991, p.66 no.77.
2
Finberg 1909, vol.I, p.617.

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