J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Fishing Smack in a Breeze 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 21 Recto:
A Fishing Smack in a Breeze 1802
Turner Bequest LXXI 72
Pen and brown ink on wove paper prepared with grey wash, 112 x 187 mm
Stamped in black ‘LXXI 72’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Numbered by Finberg as folio 72 of this sketchbook, this has since been rebound as folio 21. Here, a rowing boat is seen approaching a single-masted sailing vessel and a three-masted ship is glimpsed in the right distance. Turner has also given quick indications of a cloudy sky. An offset of the rowing boat appears on folio 20 verso of this book (see under D04268).
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘870’ bottom left, and in a later hand in pencil ‘139’ at centre

David Blayney Brown
April 2003

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘A Fishing Smack in a Breeze 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2003, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-fishing-smack-in-a-breeze-r1133767, accessed 18 June 2018.