Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study for ‘Dutch Boats in a Gale: Fishermen Endeavouring to Put their Fish on Board (“The Bridgewater Seapiece”)’

c.1799–1801

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 436 × 271 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05010
Turner Bequest LXXXI 108

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the subject is continued on folio 56 recto opposite (D05011; Turner Bequest LXXXI 109). See also folios 54 verso–55 recto (D05008–D05009; Turner Bequest LXXXI 106–107), which Turner inscribed as the ‘last study’ for the Duke of Bridgewater’s painting Dutch Boats in a Gale: Fishermen Endeavouring to Put their Fish on Board (‘The Bridgewater Seapiece’), exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1801 (private collection, on loan to the National Gallery, London).1
Although that ‘last study’ is the grandest of the sequence of studies listed under D05008, the final position in the design of the main group of boats is indicated most clearly here. The man–o’–war, however, is replaced by a smaller vessel, another fishing–boat, much closer to the viewer.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.12–13 no.14, pl.11 (colour).

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