Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ships in a Breeze (‘The Egremont Sea Piece’)

c.1806–7

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 184 x 262 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08114
Turner Bequest CXVI M

Display caption

This watercolour is a study for one of
the prints in the Liber Studiorum (Book
of Studies). This was an ambitious publication which Turner hoped would demonstrate the range, and improve
the status, of landscape art.

 

The prints were divided into six different categories of landscape: pastoral,
epic pastoral, historical, mountainous,
marine and architectural. This is a marine landscape, derived from an oil painting called Ships Bearing up for Anchorage, which Turner exhibited in 1802.

 

Gallery label, September 2004

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