Joseph Mallord William Turner A Fishing Boat in Surf, Seen from Behind 1796–7

Artwork details

Date 1796–7
Medium Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 199 x 265 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXXIII K
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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
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.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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