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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Sailboats, ?English Coast c.1830-45

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Sailboats, ?English Coast c.1830–45
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 394
Gouache and watercolour on blue paper, 158 x 195 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXIV – 394’ bottom right
Blind stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of a large number of sketches on loose sheets of paper depicting coastal terrain and seagoing vessels in various combinations. Turner specialist Eric Shanes has made a possible connection between this sheet and preparations for Turner’s Picturesque Views on the East Coast of England engraving series.1 For the grouping and dating of these works to the middle and later periods of Turner’s career, see the section introduction.
Evelyn Joll, Martin Butlin and Luke Herrmann (eds.), The Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 2001, p.82
Technical Notes:
A fine diagonal tear in the upper right-hand quadrant of the sheet.

John Chu
June 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Sailboats, ?English Coast c.1830–45 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 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-sailboats-english-coast-r1182931, accessed 28 October 2021.