Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sailing Boats, Probably on the River Stour at Sandwich

c.1830

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 43 x 76 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35829
Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 40

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, there are studies of two sailing boats with a tower beyond. They may be the same craft seen in the view of Sandwich from the River Stour made with the sketchbook inverted on folio 40 verso opposite (D35828; Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 39a), which continues inconsequentially towards the left here, at right-angles to the drawing with which it overlaps. There are further studies of shipping on the verso (D35830).
For other views of Sandwich, see under folio 6 recto (D35767).
Technical notes:
As Finberg noted, this leaf is ‘partly torn’ away1 for reasons unknown, leaving less than half of it; its height is thus only 43 mm rather than what would originally have been 98 mm.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.1178.

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