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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Figures Loading a Venetian Boat 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 76 Recto:
Figures Loading a Venetian Boat 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXV 76
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 185 mm
Partial watermark ‘lee | 13’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Yell’, ‘Blu’, ‘Gre’ and ‘[?Scarlet] | cloth’ towards top centre, on figures and cargo
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘76’ bottom left, upside down and ‘300’ top left, upside down
Stamped in black ‘CLXXV 76’ top left, upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This quick impression of the stooping action of figures loading or unloading cargo from a small boat was presumably made on or in the vicinity of the Grand Canal, the subject of detailed topographical drawings on adjacent pages. For other studies of boats in this sketchbook, see under folio 37 recto (D14383).

Matthew Imms
March 2017

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Figures Loading a Venetian Boat 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2017, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, July 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-figures-loading-a-venetian-boat-r1186572, accessed 20 September 2020.