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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Figures and a Boat Seen from the Banks of a River c.1830

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Figures and a Boat Seen from the Banks of a River c.1830
D25078
Turner Bequest CCLXI 106
Chalk and pencil on blue wove paper, 132 x 189 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCLXI 106’ bottom right
Inscribed in ink ‘106’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
In the centre of this brief pencil sketch is a flat-bottomed boat, suggesting that what appear to be two figures to the left are standing on the banks of a river. Beyond the river, a single diagonal line indicates the ridge of a hill in the distance.
For the grouping and dating of these works, see the section Introduction.
Verso:
Blank except for inscriptions. Traces of white strips of paper along the edges of the sheet indicate an earlier mount. Inscribed in pencil ‘D25078’ top left of centre, upside down. Inscribed in pencil ‘232 | O’ bottom right.

Ben Pollitt
August 2019

How to cite

Ben Pollitt, ‘Figures and a Boat Seen from the Banks of a River c.1830 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2019, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2023, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-figures-and-a-boat-seen-from-the-banks-of-a-river-r1202183, accessed 20 April 2024.