Joseph Mallord William Turner Shipping at Sea, with a Distant Fort 1799–1800

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Shipping at Sea, with a Distant Fort
From Dolbadarn Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XLVI
Date 1799–1800
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 131 x 78 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02167
Turner Bequest XLVI 115 a
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Turner would have made most of his paintings of the sea in the studio, but his sketchbooks reveal his tendency to sketch from life in front of the subject. He had a great interest in details of rigging and masts and took pains to ensure the accuracy of his drawings. A contemporary audience would have recognised the visual differences between commercial and naval shipping.

July 2008

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