Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Farnley Chest; A Boat, with Figures; Cows; and Inscriptions

1821

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18590
Turner Bequest CCXI 41 a

Catalogue entry

At the right of the page is one of several sketches in this book of a chest at Farnley Hall; see folio 6 (Tate D18533; Turner Bequest CCXI 6). At the left side of the page is a study of the chest’s clasp. At the top left is a boat crowded with figures and in the process of raising or lowering its sails. A figure stands on the quayside to the right. There is a sketch of a similar looking vessel on folio 28 (D18567; Turner Bequest CCXI 28). For a full list of Turner’s sketches of shipping in this book, see folio 1 (D18525; Turner Bequest CCXI 1). There are also sketches of two figures (top right) and cliffs (top left). Inscriptions at the bottom left of the page (inverted) may be French place names (see inscription line above).

Thomas Ardill
March 2013

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