Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Fishing Boats Seen from the Shore

1796–7

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00887
Turner Bequest XXXIII P

Display caption

Turner was a creative painter, constantly striving for new effects and different
ways of doing things. He liked to experiment with various types of paper and coloured grounds. This seascape
has been executed on a white paper prepared with a grey-brown wash.
This has proved particularly effective
for showing a cloudy sky threatening
rain and a churning, cold English sea.

 

Unfortunately this watercolour has faded, and the background now appears more pinky-brown. The breakers have been picked out in white gouache (opaque watercolour) highlights.

 

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry

Like other marine works in this subsection (see the Introduction), this was perhaps drawn at Margate.
Verso:
The sheet has been backed with thick cream wove paper, inscribed in later hands: ‘14’ and ‘21’ (compare verso of Tate D00888; Turner Bequest XXXIII Q), and stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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