Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fishing Boats with Sails Set

c.1802

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
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
D05052
Turner Bequest LXXXI 150

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the pages turned horizontally, the studies continue on folio 77 recto opposite (D05053; Turner Bequest LXXXI 151). Spirited studies of sailing boats in this vein occur on folios 73 verso, 74 verso and 75 verso (D05046, D05048, D05050; Turner Bequest LXXXI 144, 146, 148). Those on D05048 and D05053 are related to the painting Calais Pier, with French Poissards Preparing for Sea: An English Packet Arriving, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1803 (National Gallery, London).1

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.37–8 no.48, pl.58 (colour).

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