Joseph Mallord William TURNER
(London 1775 - London 1851)
Shipping off the English Coast
138 x 191 mm. (5 3/8 x 7 1/2 in.)
The paper that Turner used for this drawing is a flecked blue wove watercolour paper made by George Steart of Bally, Ellen and Steart papermakers at DeMontalt Mill, Coombe Down, Bath, Somerset. According to Peter Bower, Steart was one of the most innovative paper makers of his generation and his blue wove papers were a particular favourite of Turner.
Ian Warrell has dated the drawings from this sketchbook to the 1830's.
Denver, Gallery 609, J. M. W. Turner: Water Colours and Drawings, 1981, no.13.