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 165 Recto:
Canal Barge ?Moored at Ghent 1824
Turner Bequest CCXVI 159
Pencil on white wove paper, 78 x 118 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Barge [?van] Brugge’
Watermark ‘[smith &] allnut | [18]22’
Inscribed in blue ink by Ruskin ‘159’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CCXVI–159’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is a study of the intricately carved stern of a canal barge, decorated with a shield and scroll, lozenge, and vine motifs. A canopy appears to cover part of the vessel. Turner inscribes ‘Barge [?van] Brugge’, perhaps the name of the vessel, which, from the Dutch, is translated as ‘Barge of Bruges’. Similar studies of boats probably moored at Ghent are found on Tate D19870–D19871; Turner Bequest CCXCI 158–158a.

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-r1174667, accessed 25 January 2022.