Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Sailing Boat at Sea with Blustery Clouds

c.1823–6

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 222 x 293 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35926
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 83

Catalogue entry

Although Finberg places this work in one of his later portmanteau sections of separate sheets in his 1909 Inventory, he noted that it was perhaps ‘earlier than 1830’.1 It is dated here in line with the period of the ‘Little Liber’ series, by comparison with the maritime subject, light tones and dynamic, loose handling of one of the canonical watercolour designs, Ship in a Storm (Tate D25432; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 309a). See also Tate D25339 and D36317 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 217, CCCLXV 27a) in the present subsection.
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.1182.
Technical notes:
The right-hand edge is irregular. The surface is somewhat soiled towards the left and the bottom.
Verso:
Blank, save for ochre and red test strokes of watercolour at the bottom right.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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