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This is one of a number of studies in this sketchbook illustrating the difficulties of launching or beaching a small boat on a lee shore, the inherently dramatic confrontation of men and nature that animates Turner’s painting Fishermen upon a Lee-Shore, in Squally Weather, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1802 (Southampton Art Gallery).1 The drawing on folio 5 recto (D03978) possesses more elements in common with the picture than this one, though a boat with both sails set is visible in the distance in the painting.
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).
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