Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Beached Rowing Boat with ?Fishermen

c.1826–40

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 142 x 194 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24623
Turner Bequest CCLIX 58

Catalogue entry

This slight monochrome study appears to show fishermen resting in and around a beached boat; compare the much more developed Tate D24592 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 27). For other scenes with fishermen, see the Introduction.
As discussed there, this is one of the subjects of figures by the sea which Ian Warrell tentatively suggested as linked to Brighton around 1827, while noting that they could equally well show scenes in England or France on other occasions.1
1
See Warrell 1989, pp.120, 123 note 114.
Verso:
Blank; not available for inspection at time of writing. There is a border of white paper or tape, indicating that the sheet was formerly mounted.

Matthew Imms
December 2015

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