Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Fishermen or a Fish Market on a Beach

c.1834–6

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D27778
Turner Bequest CCLXXXI 29

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this sketch shows a crowd gathered around an array of items on the ground. 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, and in that context this study suggests a fish market on a beach with cliffs beyond; compare folios 10 verso and 31 verso (D27743, D27783).
The blank recto is numbered by John Ruskin in red ink ‘29’ and stamped ‘CCLXXXI – 29’.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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