Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fishermen and Boats

c.1834–6

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 79 x 101 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27784
Turner Bequest CCLXXXI 32

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this study appears to show fishermen gathered round small boats drawn up on a beach, perhaps with a sailing boat very loosely indicated beyond. There are various studies of fishermen, fish markets and coastal views in the sketchbook, particularly on adjacent pages at this end, as set out in the Introduction.
The blank recto is numbered by John Ruskin in red ink ‘32’ and stamped ‘CCLXXXI – 32’.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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