Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
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
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.172 LXIX 44 (as ‘Sea piece’ c.1800–2).
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
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.