Joseph Mallord William Turner Sketch for ‘Shoeburyness Fisherman Hailing a Whitstable Hoy’ c.1808–9

Artwork details

Sketch for ‘Shoeburyness Fisherman Hailing a Whitstable Hoy’
From Greenwich Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CII
Date c.1808–9
Medium Ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 76 x 115 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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Catalogue entry

The inscriptions are endorsements by the executors of the Turner Bequest; for these see the Introduction to the sketchbook. Finberg correctly identified the sketch as being for Shoeburyness Fisherman Hailing a Whitstable Hoy exhibited at Turner’s Gallery in 1809 (National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa).1 It differs from the picture in placing a man-of-war closer to the viewer and to the left instead of the right. For Walter Fawkes’s acquisition of the picture, having at first preferred Turner’s London (Tate N00483),2 see Introduction to the book. Other purchases by Fawkes from Turner are listed inside the back cover and on folio 53 (D40668, D06824). Butlin and Joll do not mention this sketch in their entry for Shoeburyness.

David Blayney Brown
March 2007

Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.62 no.85 (pl.95).
Ibid., pp.69–70 no.97 (pl.104).

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