Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Cutter and Fishing Boats

1802

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04191
Turner Bequest LXXI

Catalogue entry

Finberg lists this as the first flyleaf, but it is now bound as the second. The white paper was not treated with any preparatory wash. The two principal boats in this sketch seem to have suggested the main grouping of the arriving English packet and the French fishing boat in Calais Pier, with French Poissards Preparing for Sea: an English Packet Arriving, which Turner painted for the Royal Academy in 1803 (National Gallery, London).1 While Turner presumably made general reference to this sketchbook while designing the picture, this sketch appears to show the closest connection with the composition.
There is staining, probably from damp, around the top and right margins.
1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.37–8 no.48 (pl.58).
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
April 2003

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