Joseph Mallord William TurnerA Group of Fishing Boats in an Estuary ?1798

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Artist
Title
A Group of Fishing Boats in an Estuary
Date ?1798
MediumGraphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 256 x 336 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01905
Turner Bequest XLIV c
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Group of Fishing Boats in an Estuary ?1798
D01905
Turner Bequest XLIV c
Pencil and watercolour on white cartridge paper, 255 x 330 mm laid on another sheet, 254 x 334 mm
Stamped in black ‘XLIV – a’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg considered1 that this drawing, like Tate D01904 (Turner Bequest XLIV b), was related to Turner’s painting Harlech Castle, from Twgwyn Ferry, Summer’s Evening Twilight, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1799, (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven).2 The two do seem to be connected, though the castle itself does not appear in this design, and it does not replicate any features of the picture. Despite being in colour, it is altogether more tentative than D01904, having more of the character of a study and less that of a copy-drawing, but it is catalogued here as being evidently related.
1
MS note, Tate catalogue files.
2
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.6–7 no.9, pl.8 (colour).
Technical notes:
The bleach-marks at top left are probably attempts to remove foxing which is still apparent on the verso of the backing sheet.
Verso:
Blank; stained and dirty; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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