Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sailing Barges, Guardship and a Rowing Boat: ?Related to ‘Purfleet and the Essex Shore as Seen from Long Reach’

c.1805–8

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06399
Turner Bequest XCIX 25

Catalogue entry

Finberg’s note adds ‘Possibly related to Mr. J.G. Gould’s “The Nore”’, thus referring to Purfleet and the Essex Shore as Seen from Long Reach (private collection),1 bought by the Earl of Essex from Turner’s Gallery in 1808. The connection seems proven in respect of the positions of the naval guardship in the left distance, the rowing boat in the left foreground and the barge on the right, but in the picture Turner omitted the two other sailing barges in the centre of this sketch.

David Blayney Brown
March 2009

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.57 no.74 (pl.84).

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