Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study for a Marine Picture: ?‘Entrance of the Meuse’


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 88 × 114 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXLI 3 a

Catalogue entry

Finberg was the first to suggest a possible connection with the picture Entrance of the Meuse: Orange-Merchant on the Bar, Going to Pieces... (Tate N00501)1 exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1819 and Butlin and Joll note it as a ‘related sketch’ together with more closely connected drawings in the Farnley sketchbook (Tate D12096, D12098; Turner Bequest CLIII 89a, 90a). Certainly there are similarly choppy sea and cloudy sky, but the relationship is not close and the rowing boat in the foreground faces in the opposite direction. At best this can only be an alternative idea for the composition. There is no reason to think Turner took this sketchbook with him to Holland in 1817, although the other Dutch subject to emerge from the trip, Dort, or Dordrecht, the Dort Packet-Boat from Rotterdam Becalmed (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut)2 is included in a list of works on folio 35 verso (D10646) and the calm marines sketched folios 4 and 7 (D10592, D10595) might also be related in general terms.

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.93–4 no.139 (pl.123).
Ibid., pp.91–3 no.137 (pl.122).

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