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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Study of the Inside of a Small Boat: Transom, Thwart and Ribs 1796

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 94 Verso:
Study of the Inside of a Small Boat: Transom, Thwart and Ribs 1796
D00841
Turner Bequest XXX 96
Pencil, watercolour and gouache on blue laid paper, 126 x 108 mm
Stamped in black ‘XXX – 96’ top left, descending vertically
This study was made with the page turned vertically. Susan Sloman cites Ian Warrell as pointing out that Turner used it for the detail of a decayed boat in the foreground of his contemporary view of Brighthelmstone (later Brighton; private collection).1 Compare folio 95 verso (D00840; Turner Bequest XXX 95), which shows the bow of the same boat.
Finberg recorded this subject as the recto; see the Technical notes to the sketchbook’s Introduction.
1
Sloman 2003, p.[26] no.31, reproduced in colour, p.[27] and on front cover, as ‘A View of Brighton from the West’; not in Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979.
Technical notes:
Except at the edges, the page is faded from exposure when it was exhibited.

Andrew Wilton
May 2011

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Study of the Inside of a Small Boat: Transom, Thwart and Ribs 1796 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2011, 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-study-of-the-inside-of-a-small-boat-transom-thwart-and-ribs-r1149788, accessed 18 January 2022.