This spirited if slight drawing is a study for Van de Velde's painting in the Birmingham City Art Gallery. Turner may have bought it at the sale of the artist Paul Sandby on 3 May 1811, which there is other evidence that he may have attended and where a number of drawings by Van de Velde were sold. As a painter of stormy marines himself, he would have found Van de Velde's treatment of a ship in heavy seas particularly appealing.
Gallery label, August 2004
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