Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Fishermen Launching or Beaching a Boat

c.1826–40

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 142 × 195 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24795
Turner Bequest CCLIX 230

Catalogue entry

Among the studies of figures by the sea in the present section, this study has the most developed setting of water and sky. The dark forms emerging from the watery reflections on the beach at the centre coalesce into figures leaning as they launch or beach a small boat, with others apparently on board. They may be fishermen; for other examples see the Introduction.
Technical notes:
The centre of the sheet is somewhat faded, and dark lines around the bottom right are traces of a previous acidic mount.
Verso:
Blank, save for slight traces of white chalk at the centre right. These may have been offset from a drawing on another sheet, or possibly constitute an inscription resembling ‘13’ or ‘B’.

Matthew Imms
December 2015

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