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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Fishing Boat Riding a Breaker c.1801-2

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 7 Recto:
A Fishing Boat Riding a Breaker c.1801–2
Turner Bequest LXVII 7
Pencil on white wove paper prepared with a grey-blue wash, 118 x 182 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘7’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXVIII 7’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This slight sketch probably shows the boat that Turner drew more carefully on folio 6 recto (D03991). Both are related to the oil painting Fishermen upon a Lee-Shore, in Squally Weather, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1802 (Southampton Art Gallery).1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.15–16 no.16, pl.12 (colour).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Fishing Boat Riding a Breaker c.1801–2 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-fishing-boat-riding-a-breaker-r1178297, accessed 23 November 2019.