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Boat on a rough sea
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Boat on a rough sea

Circa 1840

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775 - 1851)

Width: 17.8 cm; Height: 12.8 cm;

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Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952
D.1952.RW.4022

About this work
Although the setting of this work is unknown, it shares stylistic similarities with marine watercolour studies that Turner made at Margate around 1840. His first-hand experience of sailing in all weathers is conveyed in the bravura of the drawing, which shows a small boat battling against the elements in a turbulent sea. Touches of red-brown enliven an otherwise muted palette, while spots of water on the sheet – possibly raindrops – suggest that the sketch was begun, if not finished, in the open air. (Permanent collection label)



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