Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Rocky Shore, with Men Attempting to Rescue a Storm-Tossed Boat

1792–3

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 161 x 232 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00392
Turner Bequest XXIII R

Catalogue entry

Like Tate D00391 and D00396 (Turner Bequest XXIII Q, V), the subject matter is inspired by the work of P.J. de Loutherbourg (1740–1812), as Finberg observed;1 though there is an appreciable improvement through this sequence of drawings in technical assurance, especially in the handling of water and sky. This composition appears to be modelled on an oil painting such as that which de Loutherbourg exhibited in 1785, Belle Isle, Windermere, in a Storm (Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria).2
See also the drawing on the verso (D41455)

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

1
MS note, Tate catalogue files.
2
Reproduced in Edward King, Michael Wheeler and Jerry Lovatt, Sublime Inspiration: The Art of Mountains from Turner to Hillary, exhibition catalogue, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal 1997, p.10.

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