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

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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
D00902
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
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.357 no.499, reproduced.
2
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.
Verso:
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.