Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Fishing Boat Riding a Breaker Close to the Shore, with Another Boat Beyond

c.1801–2

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 182 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03991
Turner Bequest LXVIII 6

Catalogue entry

The drawing is continued on folio 5 verso opposite (D03990). Like the study on Tate D03978 (Turner Bequest LXVII 5) in the companion On a Lee Shore (1) sketchbook, this is connected with the oil painting Fishermen upon a Lee-Shore, in Squally Weather, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1802 (Southampton Art Gallery);1 a slighter sketch of the same boat is on folio 7 of the present book (D03992).
There are several drawings for the picture in the contemporary Calais Pier book; compare especially Tate D04986–D04987 (Turner Bequest LXXXI 84–85). See also the study of a fishing boat inside the back cover of the Chester sketchbook (Tate D05158; Turner Bequest LXXXII 77).
1
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).
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by Ruskin in pen and red ink ‘1170’.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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