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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Canal Barge ?Moored at Ghent 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 164 Recto:
Canal Barge ?Moored at Ghent 1824
Turner Bequest CCXVI 158
Pencil on white wove paper, 78 x 118 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Blue’ top right; ‘G’ | ‘Saw’ | ‘V’ bottom right
Inscribed in blue ink by Ruskin ‘158’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CCXVI–158’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Here Turner makes a relatively detailed study of a canal barge, probably moored at Ghent. The artist records part of the vessel’s mast at bottom right. A carved wooden figurehead in the shape of a lion decorates at the bow of the barge. Similar studies are found on Tate D19871–D19872; Turner Bequest CCXCI 158a–159.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Canal Barge ?Moored at Ghent 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-canal-barge-moored-at-ghent-r1174665, accessed 01 December 2020.