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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Small Boats beside a Man-o'-War 1796-7

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Small Boats beside a Man-o’-War 1796–7
Turner Bequest XXXIII e
Pencil, watercolour and gouache on buff laid paper, 354 x 617 mm
Stamped in black ‘XXXIII – e’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This grand composition foreshadows that of the watercolour executed for Walter Fawkes in 1818, A First Rate Taking in Stores (The Higgins Bedford),1 in which small boats are dwarfed by the towering hull of a warship.2
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.357 no.499, reproduced.
See Alexander J. Finberg, The Life of J.M.W. Turner, R.A. Second Edition, Revised, with a Supplement, by Hilda F. Finberg, revised ed., Oxford 1961, p.254 and Andrew Wilton, Turner in his Time, London 1987, p.114.
The sheet has been laid down.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Small Boats beside a Man-o’-War 1796–7 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-small-boats-beside-a-man-o-war-r1149793, accessed 25 January 2022.