Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Rowing Boat in a Choppy Sea, with Sailing Boats Beyond

c.1801–2

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Medium
Ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 182 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03985
Turner Bequest LXVIII 1

Catalogue entry

The boat here appears to be a jolly-boat taking a naval officer out to his ship, perhaps the man-of-war visible in the distance in the drawing on the last page of the companion On a Lee Shore (1) sketchbook (Tate D03984; Turner Bequest LXVII 8). The use of a heavy brown ink wash here announces a change of mood from the rapid notation of Lee Shore (1).
Technical notes:
The page is faded and discoloured from prolonged exposure.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by the Executors of the Turner Bequest, Henry Scott Trimmer, Charles Turner, Charles Lock Eastlake and John Prescott Knight in ink ‘No 170 | H S Trimmer C Turner’ and in pencil ‘C.L.E.’ and ‘JPK’ top left; and by Ruskin in red ink ‘1169’ bottom left.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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