Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Fishing-Boat in Rough Water, Seen from Above

1796–7

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Medium
Pen and ink, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 199 x 249 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00395
Turner Bequest XXIII U

Catalogue entry

Finberg included this with a series of coastal subjects executed c.1794,1 but it is clearly a work of about 1796, sharing the energy and technical fluency of the studies of fishermen catalogued in the present group. There is a rough pencil study of the boat above.
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.39, in Turner Bequest section XXIII, ‘Miscellaneous Water Colours, &c.’, c.1794, pp.37–40.
Technical notes:
There are paint trials at the lower left. The sheet has been folded vertically down the centre.
Verso:
Blank; a smear of sepia paint; inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘733’.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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