Joseph Mallord William Turner

?A Harbour Scene with Shipping

c.1830–45

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 39 x 77 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D34933
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 434v

Catalogue entry

This rough pencil study with monochrome watercolour or ink wash is one of ten small drawings on nine printed visiting cards or blanks (Tate D34929–D34939; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 431–439), all apart from D34929 being rapid permutations of the classical architectural and seaport motifs of Claude Lorrain, a consistent influence on Turner (see the Introduction to this subsection). For general comments and dating, see under D34929.
There is another drawing of shipping on the recto (Tate D34932; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 434); the present work is inverted relative to it.
Technical notes:
There is a dark stain down the top of the right-hand edge.

Matthew Imms
August 2016

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