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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Boat or Boats in a Hilly Landscape c.1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Boat or Boats in a Hilly Landscape c.1824
D20434
Turner Bequest CCXXIV 134
Pencil on blue wove paper, 145 x 193 mm
Inscribed in pencil ‘52 | O’ top left, upside down
Stamped in black ‘CCXXIV 134’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A series of pencil marks in the centre describe a lateen-rigged boat or boats revealing a scene of a river or lake. In the background the profile of one hillside overlaps another, establishing a clear sense of depth.
There is a sketch of a similar subject on the verso (D20435; CCXXIV 134v).
For the grouping and dating of these works, see the section Introduction.
Technical notes:
A reddish ink smudge appears towards the centre left edge of the sheet.

Ben Pollitt
August 2019

How to cite

Ben Pollitt, ‘A Boat or Boats in a Hilly Landscape c.1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2019, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2023, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-boat-or-boats-in-a-hilly-landscape-r1202133, accessed 23 April 2024.