Joseph Mallord William Turner

Small Boats beside a Man-o’-War

1796–7

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 354 x 617 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00902
Turner Bequest XXXIII e

Catalogue entry

This grand composition foreshadows that of the watercolour executed for Walter Fawkes in 1818, A First Rate Taking in Stores (The Higgins Bedford),1 in which small boats are dwarfed by the towering hull of a warship.2
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.357 no.499, reproduced.
2
See Alexander J. Finberg, The Life of J.M.W. Turner, R.A. Second Edition, Revised, with a Supplement, by Hilda F. Finberg, revised ed., Oxford 1961, p.254 and Andrew Wilton, Turner in his Time, London 1987, p.114.
Verso:
The sheet has been laid down.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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