Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Fishing Boat in a Strong Wind

c.1802

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Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 271 x 436 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05053
Turner Bequest LXXXI 151

Catalogue entry

The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally; at the gutter is a continuation of similar studies on folio 76 verso opposite (D05052; Turner Bequest LXXXI 150). Martin Butlin has described this1 as the only study in the sketchbook directly related to the painting Calais Pier of 1803 Calais Pier, with French Poissards Preparing for Sea: An English Packet Arriving, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1803 (National Gallery, London):2 it shows the central vessel with sunlit sails. But see also folios 30 verso–31 recto, 52 verso–53 recto and 74 verso (D04960–D04961, D05004–D05005, D05048; Turner Bequest LXXXI 58–59, 102–103, 146).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Butlin in Butlin, Wilton and Gage 1974, p.50.
2
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.37–8 no.48, pl.58 (colour).

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