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In this quickly wrought colour sketch Turner depicts the lowering of sails from the mast of a small boat. Alexander Finberg suggests that this is may be a preparatory drawing for the Mouth of the Humber in the Rivers of England series (Tate D18151; Turner Bequest CCVIII R).1 There is also a possible preparatory sketch for this watercolour of about 1822 to 1823 (Tate D17765; Turner Bequest CCIII H).
Turner’s distinct economy of means and minimal palette of blue, ochre and red wash this scene is skilfully yet simply rendered, evoking the atmosphere of the sailors’ tranquil passage at sea.
Finberg 1909, vol.I, p.615.