J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Beached Rowing Boat with ?Fishermen c.1826-40

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Beached Rowing Boat with ?Fishermen c.1826–40
Turner Bequest CCLIX 58
Gouache and watercolour on blue wove paper, 142 x 194 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘58’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLIX 58’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This slight monochrome study appears to show fishermen resting in and around a beached boat; compare the much more developed Tate D24592 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 27). For other scenes with fishermen, see the Introduction.
As discussed there, this is one of the subjects of figures by the sea which Ian Warrell tentatively suggested as linked to Brighton around 1827, while noting that they could equally well show scenes in England or France on other occasions.1
See Warrell 1989, pp.120, 123 note 114.
Blank; not available for inspection at time of writing. There is a border of white paper or tape, indicating that the sheet was formerly mounted.

Matthew Imms
December 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Beached Rowing Boat with ?Fishermen c.1826–40 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-beached-rowing-boat-with-fishermen-r1182565, accessed 24 April 2024.