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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Dover: The Pier, with a Ship at Sea in a Storm ?1793

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Dover: The Pier, with a Ship at Sea in a Storm ?1793
Turner Bequest XVI G
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 256 x 361 mm
Stamped in black ‘XVI G’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The pencil-work in this incomplete study (excluding the ship) appears to be traced from Tate D00167 (Turner Bequest XVI E). It is an ambitious subject, apparently the first sea storm that Turner attempted. Compare the Welsh mountain view with Llanthony Priory, Tate D00679 (Turner Bequest XXVII R) which is a similarly elaborate sublime subject, but taken to completion.
There are blue colour trials at the bottom edge.
Technical notes:
The sheet was formerly folded vertically down the centre.
Blank; stained and dirty.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Dover: The Pier, with a Ship at Sea in a Storm ?1793 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-dover-the-pier-with-a-ship-at-sea-in-a-storm-r1140234, accessed 21 August 2019.