Joseph Mallord William Turner Shipping by a Breakwater c.1798

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Shipping by a Breakwater
Date c.1798
Medium Oil paint on mahogany
Dimensions Support: 302 x 194 mm
frame: 386 x 273 x 38 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N00469
Not on display

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Turner was interested in marine subjects from an early age. He first made drawings of sea-going ships while visiting relatives at Margate at the age of about ten. Years later, when shown a print after the seventeenth-century Dutch marine artist Willem van de Velde, he is said to have declared, 'That made me a painter'.

September 2004

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