Joseph Mallord William Turner

Shipping at Sea, with a Small Boat in the Foreground

c.1799–1802

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 135 x 210 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04135
Turner Bequest LXIX 118

Catalogue entry

This study was made with the page turned horizontally. Jerrold Ziff suggests that it is related to the gestation of the Ships Bearing Up for Anchorage (‘The Egremont Seapiece’) of 1802 (Tate T03868, on display at Petworth House, Sussex).1
1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.17 no.18, pl.14 (colour); see Ziff 1980, p.168.
Technical notes:
The sheet is discoloured from prolonged exposure.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by Ruskin in red ink ‘[?80]’ (obliterated).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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