Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Fishing Smack in a Breeze

1802

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04274
Turner Bequest LXXI 72

Catalogue entry

Numbered by Finberg as folio 72 of this sketchbook, this has since been rebound as folio 21. Here, a rowing boat is seen approaching a single-masted sailing vessel and a three-masted ship is glimpsed in the right distance. Turner has also given quick indications of a cloudy sky. An offset of the rowing boat appears on folio 20 verso of this book (see under D04268).
Verso:
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Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘870’ bottom left, and in a later hand in pencil ‘139’ at centre

David Blayney Brown
April 2003

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