Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Fishing Boats in a Harbour, Probably on the Isle of Wight; a Yacht under Sail


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Support: 100 × 74 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, at the top is a slight view of sails and masts against a dark coastline. Following various notes on colour and light, the last of Turner’s words seems to be ‘Fish’, and these may be fishing boats off the Isle of Wight or along the South Coast nearby.
Below, at ninety degrees, is a study of a yacht under sail. For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.
Technical notes:
The drawings are disrupted by heavy mottling and staining from the leather overlaps over which this pastedown is glued.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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