Joseph Mallord William Turner
Two Figures on a Beach with a Boat c.1840–5

Artwork details

Two Figures on a Beach with a Boat
Date c.1840–5
Medium Oil on board
Dimensions Support: 245 x 347 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest M 1972 U747
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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This oil was executed on a pasteboard or millboard. Artists began to realise how useful millboards and other boards were for oil sketching during the eighteenth century. They were especially useful when painting studies from nature.

This work is from a series of oil sketches on board from Turner’s later years. It is displayed as an example of Turner’s loose, vivid colour studies of the sea and sky executed in oil, for comparison with Hunt’s earlier lively and spontaneous shore scenes in watercolour.

September 2004

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