Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fishermen Launching a Boat into Breakers, with Ships Beyond

c.1801–2

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 182 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03987
Turner Bequest LXVIII 3

Catalogue entry

Turner’s annotation, recording the fact that the boat has no foresail set, gives proof if that were needed that these drawings were made on the spot, and are not, like the majority of the studies in the Calais Pier book (Tate; Turner Bequest LXXXI), for instance, inventions based at second hand on memory.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by Ruskin in pen and red ink ‘1168’.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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