Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Stern and Bows of a Fishing Boat

c.1801–2

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 182 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03993
Turner Bequest LXVIII 8

Catalogue entry

Crammed together so that at first sight they read as a single image, these two quickly drawn studies are in fact separate, though they presumably record features of the same vessel. They concentrate on particular details of a small boat, notably the rudder and halyards.
Technical notes:
A vertical 30 mm tear from towards the right of the lower edge has been repaired.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by Turner in brown ink ‘103’ descending vertically on the remaining portion of a vellum label towards the gutter (see the technical notes in the sketchbook’s Introduction).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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