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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Landscape c.1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Recto:
A Landscape circa 1819
D13947
Turner Bequest CLXXII 9
Pencil on white wove paper, 99 x 155 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Blue’ within sketch of boat
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘9’ bottom left, ascending left-hand edge
Stamped in black ‘CLXXII 9’ bottom left, ascending left-hand edge
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch appears to represent boats upon a shore. Despite the rough and faint nature of the pencilled lines it is possible to make out the hull and masts of two or three vessels. The position of the drawing interrupts the sequence 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 notebook in preparation for his first trip to Italy

Nicola Moorby
July 2008

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘A Landscape c.1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 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-landscape-r1138768, accessed 15 August 2020.