Joseph Mallord William Turner
A Fishing Smack off Dover 1802

Artwork details

A Fishing Smack off Dover
From Small Calais Pier Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXXI
Date 1802
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 112 x 187 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXXI 66
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Catalogue entry

Numbered by Finberg as folio 66 of this sketchbook, this has since been rebound as folio 20. Dover Castle is clearly visible. Turner must have sketched it and the cliffs of the British shore as he sailed away to France.
Slight brown ink offset of a rowing boat from the sketch Ships in a Breeze from folio 21 of this sketchbook (D04274). Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘868’

David Blayney Brown
April 2003

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