Joseph Mallord William Turner Study of Waves Breaking on the Shore 1801

Artwork details

Study of Waves Breaking on the Shore
From Dunbar Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LIV
Date 1801
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 115 x 162 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LIV 115 a
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Display caption

Turner would have made most of his paintings of the sea in the studio, but his sketchbooks reveal his tendency to sketch from life in front of the subject. He had a great interest in details of rigging and masts and took pains to ensure the accuracy of his drawings. A contemporary audience would have recognised the visual differences between commercial and naval shipping.

July 2008

About this artwork