Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study for a Sea-Piece

c.1805–6

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 171 x 262 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05792
Turner Bequest XCIII 17

Catalogue entry

Butlin and Joll, followed by Hill, reject Finberg’s suggestion that this Thames estuary marine is a study for Guardship at the Great Nore, Sheerness, &c exhibited at Turner’s Gallery in 1809 (private collection), there being no specific similarities.1 As Hill also observes, the composition reverses that in the more finished watercolour study on pseudo folio 11 ([originally 41], D05838). It is made largely in wash over minimal outline, in contrast to the ink study of shipping on folio 16 (D05791) and the quicker outline jottings on the verso and folio 18 and verso (D05793–D05795).

David Blayney Brown
October 2007

1
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.67–8 no.91 (pl.101).

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