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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Shipping on a River c.1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Shipping on a River c.1824
Turner Bequest CCXXIV 32
Pencil on blue wove paper, 149 x 197 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCXXIV 32’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch depicts, at eye-level, five or six boats on water. The boat closest to the foreground is placed centrally, a few pencil strokes outline its reflection on the water, its sails are unfurled, and two people appear to be inside it.
For the grouping and dating of these works, see the section Introduction.
Blank except for inscriptions. Inscribed in ink ‘451’ bottom left. Inscribed in pencil ‘451 | 32’ top left, ‘P 57’ top right and ‘CCXXIV 32’ bottom right.

Ben Pollitt
August 2019

How to cite

Ben Pollitt, ‘Shipping on a River c.1824 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-shipping-on-a-river-r1202088, accessed 23 April 2024.