Joseph Mallord William Turner

Boats by the Shore

c.1802–5

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Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 271 x 436 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04919
Turner Bequest LXXXI 18

Catalogue entry

Made with the page turned horizontally, this study is apparently connected with the watercolour Lake of Geneva, with Mont Blanc from the Lake of about 1805 (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven);1 see under folio 8 verso (D04917; Turner Bequest LXXXI 16). There is also a possible link with the large oil painting Sun Rising through Vapour; Fishermen Cleaning and Selling Fish, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1807 (National Gallery, London);2 see also folios 13 verso, 20 verso and 29 verso (D04927, D04941, D04958; Turner Bequest LXXXI 26, 40, 56).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.342 no.370, reproduced.
2
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.53–4 no.69, pl.79 (colour).

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