J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Barge, Perhaps on the Thames at Hammersmith c.1809

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 6 Recto:
A Barge, Perhaps on the Thames at Hammersmith circa 1809
Turner Bequest CVIII 6
Pencil and pen and ink on white wove paper, 88 x 115 mm
Inscribed by Turner in ink ‘Pilking calls him Stefano’ top left
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘6’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CVIII – 6’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The inscription is unrelated to the drawing, but qualifies the more extensive biographical notes from Pilkington’s Dictionary of Artists on the opposite page (see entry for folio 5 verso; D07364), from which there is some ink offsetting.
The dating of this sketchbook to about 1809 (see Introduction) places it within the period when Turner rented a house overlooking the River Thames at Hammersmith,1 and perhaps this and the other pencil drawings of boats and figures in this sketchbook (folios 8 verso, 9 verso, 10 verso, 11 verso; D07369, D07371, D07373, D07375) were made there or nearby.
See James Hamilton, ‘Hammersmith’ in Evelyn Joll, Martin Butlin and Luke Herrmann (eds.), The Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 2001, p.135.

Matthew Imms
June 2008

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Barge, Perhaps on the Thames at Hammersmith c.1809 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2008, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-barge-perhaps-on-the-thames-at-hammersmith-r1136560, accessed 04 July 2020.