Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Mediterranean Coastal Scene with a Ship being Careened

1796–7

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 93 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01221
Turner Bequest XXXVII 104

Catalogue entry

The composition continues across folio 52 recto opposite (D01222; Turner Bequest XXXVII 105). As Finberg suggests,1 this is probably a memorandum of a composition by Claude-Joseph Vernet (1714–1789); the monochrome treatment indicates that it is likely to have been copied from an engraving. Vernet was probably the primary inspiration for the handling, if not the subject matter, of Fishermen at Sea, exhibited in 1796 (Tate T01585).2

Andrew Wilton
September 2012

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.82.
2
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.1–2 no.1, pl.1 (colour).

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