Here the central motif of Turner’s painting Fishermen upon a Lee-Shore, in Squally Weather, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1802 (Southampton Art Gallery),1 is studied in some detail. The potential danger of the situation is already apparent from the presence of a man in the water under the boat’s gunwale; the drama is heightened in the drawing on the following pages. Compare several drawings in the contemporary Calais Pier sketchbook (Tate D04986– D04987; Turner Bequest LXXXI 84–85).
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.15–16 no.16, pl.12 (colour).