Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Reach of the Avon with Sailing Ships being Towed between High Cliffs

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 289 × 456 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01659
Turner Bequest XLI 27

Catalogue entry

Drawn in pencil with grey wash, this is one of a series of studies in this sketchbook showing ships being towed down the Avon from Bristol docks to the Severn estuary: see also D01656–D01662, D01672–D01673; Turner Bequest XLI 25, 26, 26a, 27, 28, 29, 39, 40), and the entry for D01656, and related drawings in the contemporary Swans sketchbook (Tate D01699–D01704; Turner Bequest XLII 24–29).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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