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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Shipping c.1799-1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 44 Recto:
Shipping c.1799–1802
D04048
Turner Bequest LXIX 44
Ink on blue laid paper, 135 x 210 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘44’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘LXIX-44’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Made with the page turned horizontally, this is a generalised sketch which nevertheless incorporates the essentials of a balanced composition, this may be a preliminary idea for Dutch Boats in a Gale: Fishermen Endeavouring to Put their Fish on Board (‘The Bridgewater Seapiece’) of 1801 (private collection, on long loan to the National Gallery, London)1
1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.12–13 no.14, pl.11 (colour).
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Shipping c.1799–1802 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-r1177926, accessed 16 January 2021.