Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Boats at Sea, ?near Wimereux

1845

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Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 238 x 337 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35388
Turner Bequest CCCLVII 3

Catalogue entry

Dark grey clouds arch over this sea view, dwarfing two small fishing boats out on the horizon. In this respect it forms a group with the subsequent two works as originally constituted in the sketchbook (D35389–D35390; Turner Bequest CCCLVII 4, 5). The present sketch particularly resembles D35389, which is inscribed ‘Vim’, Turner’s phonetic abbreviation for Wimereux, possibly also locating this scene near the former naval garrison of that name. Small-scale fishing had become the main industry of this ‘sorry hamlet’ by the 1840s as its military-strategic importance declined during the post-Napoleonic peace with Great Britain.1
1
J. Brunet, New Guide to Boulogne-sur-Mer, 3rd ed., Boulogne 1840, p.131.
Verso:
Blank; the sheet was not available for inspection out of its frame at the time of cataloguing.

John Chu
December 2013

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