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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Seascape, with Sailing Boat c.1822-3

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Recto
Seascape, with Sailing Boat c.1822–3
Turner Bequest CCII 5
Watercolour on white wove paper, 257 x 178 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘5’ bottom right
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCII–5’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The central focus of this swiftly wrought colour sketch is the fishing coble, rendered in a warm ochre wash. Turner depicts its curving bow and trapezoid lugsail in a few deft strokes. In shape and colour, it resembles the coble in the finished Ports watercolours Whitby and Dover (Tate D18143, D18154; Turner Bequest CCVIII J, U). Short downward dry brush-strokes of blue and ochre wash adroitly represent specks of cloud.

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Seascape, with Sailing Boat c.1822–3 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, 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-seascape-with-sailing-boat-r1148294, accessed 28 May 2024.