Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Sailing Ship on a River between Rocky Cliffs

?1792–3

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Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 215 x 248 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00390
Turner Bequest XXIII P

Catalogue entry

This is perhaps a view in the Avon Gorge (compare the drawing in the Bristol and Malmesbury sketchbook, Tate D00107; Turner Bequest VI 24); but it is not compatible stylistically with the drawings made at Bristol in 1791. It is more probably a view on the River Wye, perhaps near Symonds Yat, deriving from the 1792 tour. Another study of what is probably the same boat is on the verso of this sheet (D40242).
There are blue and ochre colour trials in the lower left corner.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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