Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fishing Boats at Harbour ?near Boulogne

1845

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 230 x 326 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35412
Turner Bequest CCCLVIII 10

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has lightly applied watercolour to a sketch of fishing port to reinforce a sense of compositional depth. The quayside vignette of a standing figure and bobbing sailboats towards the bottom right is brought forward and darkened by two or three layers of ochre while the sky and high horizon line are pushed back with faint stripes of greyish blue. Fishing was important to the economies of Boulogne, Wimereux, and Ambleteuse, although too little information is recorded here to suggest a specific location.1
1
Georges Oustric, ‘Un siècle de croissance économique (1815–1914)’ in Alain Lottin (ed.), Histoire de Boulogne-sur-Mer, Boulogne-sur-Mer 1998, pp.211–46.
Verso:
Blank, except for small patches of watercolour transferred from folio 10 recto opposite (D35413; Turner Bequest CCCLVIII 11).

John Chu
November 2013

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