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This is another scene of victualling, presumably drawn at the Navy yard at Deptford; see note to folio 21 of the sketchbook (D06378; Turner Bequest XCIX 18). Here, Turner notes the provisions going out to the ships.
Finberg’s description in Sketches and Drawings cannot be bettered: ‘Round the landing-stages in the foreground are the ships’ boats taking in stores of bread, hay and straw, sheep and fish. The day is fine, but there is evidently a wind blowing; the sea is choppy; there is plenty of spray about, and the pennants stand out taut from the masts of the big ships in the offing. It is all drawn with a few hurried, nervous pencil outlines, nothing is described in detail, yet the whole scene is brought as vividly before us as the most elaborate oil-painting could bring it.’