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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Figures in a Punt or Ferry, with Horses and a Wooded Hillside Beyond, Probably in the Thames Valley c.1823-4

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 38 Recto:
Figures in a Punt or Ferry, with Horses and a Wooded Hillside Beyond, Probably in the Thames Valley c.1823–4
D17826
Turner Bequest CCIV 38
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 190 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCIV – 38’ top left, upside down
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this rapid sketch focuses on a shallow boat or punt with a few associated figures. Beyond appear to be two horses, possibly towing the boat. Trees are loosely indicated on the left and rising ground beyond suggests a rural Thames Valley setting, in common with various other scenes in this book; see under folio 2 recto (D17775).
Technical notes:
John Ruskin’s customary red ink page number beside the later stamp is not readily apparent here, although those on other leaves of this sketchbook are generally very faint.

Matthew Imms
November 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Figures in a Punt or Ferry, with Horses and a Wooded Hillside Beyond, Probably in the Thames Valley c.1823–4 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 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-figures-in-a-punt-or-ferry-with-horses-and-a-wooded-hillside-r1172533, accessed 30 October 2020.