Finberg included this with a series of coastal subjects executed c.1794,1 but it is clearly a work of about 1796, sharing the energy and technical fluency of the studies of fishermen catalogued in the present group. There is a rough pencil study of the boat above.
Finberg 1909, I, p.39, in Turner Bequest section XXIII, ‘Miscellaneous Water Colours, &c.’, c.1794, pp.37–40.
There are paint trials at the lower left. The sheet has been folded vertically down the centre.
Blank; a smear of sepia paint; inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘733’.