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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Barges c.1805-9

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 18 Recto:
Barges circa 1805–9
Turner Bequest XCIX 15
Pencil and watercolour on off-white wove paper, 115 x 190 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘15’ top right
Stamped in black ‘XCIX 15’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of three coloured subjects in this sketchbook, the others being folios 19 and 20 (D06384; Turner Bequest XCIX 16 and D06386; Turner Bequest XCIX 17). Here Turner indicates the brown and green paint of a barge and hints at the tone and fall of light and shadow on its sails and those of others nearby.

David Blayney Brown
March 2009

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Barges c.1805–9 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2009, 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-r1130574, accessed 25 October 2021.