Joseph Mallord William Turner

Figures in Boats

1818

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 99 × 159 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13368
Turner Bequest CLXV 25 a

Catalogue entry

Turner presumably sketched these two boats and crews at Dunbar harbour which he drew several times on previous pages of this sketchbook (folios 24–25; D13365–D13367; CLXV 24–25), one of which also includes a small boat (folio 24; D13365; CLXV 24). Turner himself had hired a boat to take him along the coast near Dunbar to sketch the Bass Rock, and small boats feature in three of his Provincial Antiquities illustrations (Bass Rock, circa 1823, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight; Dunbar circa 1823, private collection; and Tantallon Castle, 1821, Manchester City Art Galleries).1 Turner made several other studies of boats on this trip (see Tour of Scotland 1818 Tour Introduction).

Thomas Ardill
October 2007

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.426 no.1069, 1066 and 1067.

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