Joseph Mallord William Turner
Boats at Sea c.1820–5

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Boats at Sea
Date c.1820–5
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 240 x 304 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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.

September 2004

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