Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Coastal Scene with Figures and a Fishing Boat

1801

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 161 x 256 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05073
Turner Bequest LXXXII 1

Catalogue entry

The slight and indistinct horizontal sketch made on this page is perhaps related to Turner’s preparations for the painting Fishermen upon a Lee–Shore, in Squally Weather (Southampton Art Gallery),1 for which there are further studies at the end of this book (folios 75 verso, 76 recto, 77 verso, and inside the back cover; D05155–D05158; Turner Bequest LXXXII 75a, 76, 76a, 77) and elsewhere, for example in the Calais Pier sketchbook (Tate D04986–D04987, D04998–D04999, D05002–D05003; Turner Bequest LXXXI 84–85, 96–97, 100–101).
At the top right, descending vertically in relation to the drawing, is the usual endorsement by the Executors of the Turner Bequest, Henry Scott Trimmer, Charles Lock Eastlake and John Prescott Knight in pen and ink ‘No 147. | H.S. Trimmer’ and in pencil ‘C.L.E.’ and ‘JPK’; descending at the bottom right is a separate pencil note by the National Gallery Keeper Ralph Nicholson Wornum (1812–1877), ‘4 out. | R.N.W–’, apparently referring to that number of leaves having been extracted from the sketchbook.
1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.15–16 no.16, pl.12 (colour).
Technical notes:
There are scattered blue and pink colour smears.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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