Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Sailing Boat or Boats at Sea with Blustery Clouds

c.1823–6

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 240 x 304 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36317
Turner Bequest CCCLXV 27a

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Many of the sheets of paper in the Turner Bequest were trimmed or cut down after they became national property in order that they could be mounted and shown to the public. This policy sometimes meant that groups of studies which Turner had made on one sheet, as part of the same creative process, were separated. Happily, this piece of paper still gives some idea of how Turner worked on several complementary subjects at the same time. He has here contrasted a marine with a heathland scene, both of which are characterised by blustery skies.

Gallery label, September 2004

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