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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Fishermen and a Fisherwoman on a Beach or Quay c.1826-40

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Fishermen and a Fisherwoman on a Beach or Quay c.1826–40
Turner Bequest CCLIX 63
Gouache and watercolour on blue wove paper, 140 x 191 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘63’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLIX 63’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Several fishermen are shown in yellow oilskin trousers and sou’wester hats, with the outline of at least one female companion on the right. For other examples of such groups, 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; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘34 | O’ bottom right; inscribed in pencil ‘54–68’ top left; inscribed in pencil ‘D24628’ bottom left. 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, ‘Fishermen and a Fisherwoman on a Beach or Quay 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-fishermen-and-a-fisherwoman-on-a-beach-or-quay-r1182570, accessed 13 April 2024.