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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Barges at Greenwich c.1815-18

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 7 Recto:
Barges at Greenwich circa 1815–18
Turner Bequest CXLI 7
Pencil on white wove paper, 88 x 114 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘7’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXLI 7’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
One of several calm river scenes in this sketchbook, probably all based on the River Thames; in this example, the domes of the Royal Hospital at Greenwich can be made out on the right. The location notwithstanding, there might still be some general compositional relationship to Dort, or Dordrecht, the Dort Packet-Boat from Rotterdam Becalmed (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut)1 which Turner based on his trip to Holland in 1817 and mentions on folio 35 verso (D10646) in a list of works. See also notes to folio 4 (D10592).
Ibid., pp.91–3 no.137 (pl.122).

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Barges at Greenwich c.1815–18 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2011, 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-barges-at-greenwich-r1131648, accessed 05 December 2021.