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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Women ?on a Beach, Watching a Small Boat c.1826-40

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Women ?on a Beach, Watching a Small Boat c.1826–40
Turner Bequest CCLIX 68
Gouache and watercolour on blue wove paper, 138 x 191 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom centre
Inscribed in red ink ‘68’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLIX 68’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This slight study of a group of women near what seems to be man in a small boat may show them waiting to embark on a sea voyage. For other examples, see the Introduction.
As discussed there, this is one of the subjects of figures by the sea which Ian Warrell tentatively suggested as linked to Brighton around 1827, while noting that they could equally well show scenes in England or France on other occasions.1
See Warrell 1989, pp.120, 123 note 114.
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘54–68’ top left; inscribed in pencil ‘cclix.68’ top left, upside down (partly obscured). There is a border of white paper or tape, with more paper adhering, indicating that the sheet was formerly mounted.

Matthew Imms
December 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Women ?on a Beach, Watching a Small Boat c.1826–40 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-women-on-a-beach-watching-a-small-boat-r1182575, accessed 24 April 2024.