Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Fishing Boat in Surf, Seen from Behind

1796–7

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 199 x 265 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00882
Turner Bequest XXXIII K

Catalogue entry

Turner’s inscription, broken as it is by the tiller of the boat, has been thought to read ‘BRIGHTON’, and the whole group of drawings accordingly assigned to the Brighton area. In fact, there are greater similarities with studies of Margate in the contemporary Wilson sketchbook (Tate D01231, D01233, D01234; Turner Bequest XXXVII 114, 116, 117).1
1
A.Wilton, J.M.W.Turner: The Wilson Sketchbook, Tate Gallery, London 1988, p.19
Technical notes:
There are some blue colour stains along the top right and right edges of the sheet.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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