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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Figures with a Boat on a River Bank c.1809

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Verso:
Figures with a Boat on a River Bank circa 1809
Turner Bequest CVIII 11a
Pencil on white wove paper, 88 x 115 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of a sequence of closely related drawings on the versos of four successive leaves (folios 8–11 verso; D07369, D07371, D07373, and this page), though it is difficult to establish any significant narrative. Given that they were drawn with the book turned upside down relative to the main sequence of notes and drawings on its rectos, it seems likely that the present drawing was made first, and that on folio 8 verso last. There appear to be men, women and children present, and trees are visible across the water in most of the sketches. The scene may have been observed near the house Turner was at this time renting by the Thames at Hammersmith (see also folio 6 recto; D07365).

Matthew Imms
June 2008

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Figures with a Boat on a River Bank c.1809 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2008, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-figures-with-a-boat-on-a-river-bank-r1136570, accessed 17 October 2021.