Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Shore with Figures, with Shipping at Sea Beyond

c.1799–1805

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 436 × 271 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04988
Turner Bequest LXXXI 86

Catalogue entry

The subject is continued on folio 45 recto opposite (D04989; Turner Bequest LXXXI 87). Although apparently not used, this study seems to be connected with the painting A Coast Scene with Fishermen Hauling a Boat Ashore (‘The Iveagh Seapiece’) of about 1803–4 (English Heritage, Kenwood, London),1 where the sky is similarly laid out. It also includes the boat cresting a breaker that constitutes the principal subject of Fishermen upon a Lee–Shore, in Squally Weather, the canvas exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1802 (Southampton Art Gallery);2 see folios 43 verso–44 recto and 49 verso–50 recto (D04986–D04987, D04996–D04997; Turner Bequest LXXXI 84–85, 96–97).
1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.109 no.144, pl.149 (colour).
2
Ibid., pp.15–16 no.16, pl.12 (colour).
Technical notes:
There is some offsetting from folio 45 recto opposite (D04989; Turner Bequest LXXXI 87).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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