Joseph Mallord William Turner A Shore with Beached Ships; Vessels at Sea Beyond c.1799–1802

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A Shore with Beached Ships; Vessels at Sea Beyond
From Studies for Pictures Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXIX
Date c.1799–1802
Medium Ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 215 x 138 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXIX 101
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Turner would have made most of his paintings of the sea in the studio, but his sketchbooks reveal his tendency to sketch from life in front of the subject. He had a great interest in details of rigging and masts and took pains to ensure the accuracy of his drawings. A contemporary audience would have recognised the visual differences between commercial and naval shipping.

April 2005

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