Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of Boats in a Bay

c.1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 99 × 155 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13941
Turner Bequest CLXXII 5 a

Catalogue entry

The rough pencil sketch on this page shows a view of a bay with boats in the foreground. Owing to the schematic nature of the drawing, the location remains unidentified. It may represent an Italian subject dating from Turner’s travels in 1819. However, the position of the sketch interrupts the continuity of Turner’s notes from Eustace’s A Classical Tour of Italy, suggesting that it could predate the artist’s use of the book as a repository for notes in preparation for his first trip to Italy.

Nicola Moorby
July 2008

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