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Watercolour - A Gurnard
  • A Gurnard
    Turner, Joseph Mallord William, born 1775 - died 1851
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A Gurnard

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Margate (possibly, painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1839-1840 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Turner, Joseph Mallord William, born 1775 - died 1851 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Executors of the late Robert Clarke Edwards.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WS, shelf R, box 76R

Turner was fascinated by the sea. His paintings include views of rivers and lakes, both in Britain and abroad, and many of his greatest works are of the shore and sea. The Gurnard seems to belong to a group of studies of fish he made in Margate, Kent, England. These studies are difficult to date. He probably used such studies for the sea pictures that include sea monsters.
John Ruskin was the first owner of this watercolour. He was a leading critic and writer on art. He was also a friend of Turner and vigorously promoted his work.

Physical description

Watercolour drawing of a fish against a blue and white background.

Place of Origin

Margate (possibly, painted)


ca. 1839-1840 (painted)


Turner, Joseph Mallord William, born 1775 - died 1851 (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 19.1 cm, Width: 28 cm

Descriptive line

Watercolour drawing of a fish entitled 'A Gurnard' by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851). Great Britain, ca. 1839/40.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1938, London: Board of Education, 1939.
Aquatopia. The imaginary of the Ocean Deep Nottingham: Nottingham Contemporary, 2013. ISBN: 9781849762373.
p. 346




Watercolour drawing

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