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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Shipping at Sea c.1799-1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 57 Verso:
Shipping at Sea c.1799–1805
Turner Bequest LXXXI 112
Ink and wash with white chalk on blue laid paper, 436 x 271 mm
Watermarks ‘1794’ and ‘VI’
Stamped in black ‘LXXXI–112’ bottom right, upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the subject is continued on folio 58 recto opposite (D05015; Turner Bequest LXXXI 113. Finberg suggested1 that it is a study for the painting Dutch Boats in a Gale: Fishermen Endeavouring to Put their Fish on Board (‘The Bridgewater Seapiece’), exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1801 (private collection, on loan to the National Gallery, London),2 but although there are several drawings related to that picture in this book (see under folio 54 verso; D05008; Turner Bequest LXXXI 106), the conjecture is not entirely convincing.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

See Finberg 1909, I, p.217.
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.12–13 no.14, pl.11 (colour).

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Shipping at Sea c.1799–1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-shipping-at-sea-r1178218, accessed 18 January 2022.