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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Figures and Moored Sailing Boats c.1830

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Figures and Moored Sailing Boats c.1830
Turner Bequest CCLXI 108
Chalk and pencil on blue wove paper, 134 x 191 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCLXI 108’ bottom right
Inscribed in pen ‘108’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
In the centre of the sketch is a group of seated figures, their forms highlighted in chalk. The figure closest has their back to the viewer and is holding a parasol. The setting is only vaguely described with a series of vertical lines suggesting moored sailing boats, in which case, the figures are either seated on the banks of the river or are travelling in a boat on the river.
For the grouping and dating of these works, see the section Introduction.
Blank except for inscriptions. Traces of white strips of paper along the edges of the sheet indicate an earlier mount. Inscribed in pencil ‘232 | O’ top left, upside down. Inscribed in pencil ‘D25080’ towards bottom left.

Ben Pollitt
August 2019

How to cite

Ben Pollitt, ‘Figures and Moored Sailing Boats 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-moored-sailing-boats-r1202185, accessed 17 April 2024.