Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Jetty and Large Ship ?near Boulogne

1845

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 230 x 326 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35409
Turner Bequest CCCLVIII 7

Catalogue entry

This pencil sketch of a wide sweeping bay and a roughly scratched group of foreground figures has been enhanced by a confusion of bold watercolour strokes in indistinct evocation of maritime forms. A wash of lilac, some dashes of ochre gouache, and a smoke-like ascent of a fresh blue pigment create a dynamic and vividly coloured sky. The masts of a tall ship break the horizon. Less distinct is regular row of purple-brown dabs which may represent the buttresses of the blue pier that terminates at the centre of the page with a squat vertical stroke.
Verso:
Blank, except for a dash of pink and small areas of transference towards the binding from folio 7 recto opposite (D35410; Turner Bequest CCCLVIII 8).

John Chu
November 2013

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