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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Fishermen or a Fish Market on a Beach c.1834-6

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 31 Verso:
?Fishermen or a Fish Market on a Beach c.1834–6
Turner Bequest CCLXXXI 31a
Pencil on white wove paper, 79 x 101 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this sketch shows a crowd gathered around an array of items on the ground. There are various studies of fishermen, fish markets and coastal views in the sketchbook, particularly on adjacent pages at this end, as set out in the Introduction, and in that context this study suggests a fish market on a beach, although no setting is indicated in this case; compare folios 10 verso and 29 verso (D27743, D27778).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘?Fishermen or a Fish Market on a Beach c.1834–6 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-fishermen-or-a-fish-market-on-a-beach-r1149143, accessed 18 August 2019.