Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sailing Boat off Blythe Sands

1834

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 181 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26132
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 20

Catalogue entry

This sketch depicts a vessel sailing past the Blythe Sands mudflats in the Thames estuary. Turner’s inscription ‘NW’ either suggests that this is a view to the north-west from Blythe Sands towards Canvey Island, or that the view is of Blythe Sands from the north-west. Two basket-shaped structures on poles to the right of the boat mark the end of groynes. There are further sketches of the mouth of the Thames on folio 2 verso (D26098), which were probably made on a steamboat journey from London to Margate.
Turner had exhibited a painting of fishing boats off Blythe Sands at his own gallery in 1809; Fishing upon the Blythe-Sand (Tate N00496).1 This sketch has a similar composition to that painting, but in reverse.
There is a small brown stain at the top left of the page.

Thomas Ardill
January 2011

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.65 no.87.

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