Hastings: Fish Market on the Sands, Early Morning by JMW Turner

This is the largest of ten watercolour views of Hastings by Turner.

Details

Medium:
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions:
44.5 x 66 cm
Art Fund grant:
£31,806 ( Total: £261,744)
Acquired in:
2006
Vendor:
Sotheby's

It was probably intended as an engraving for W B Cooke's Marine Views but reproduction was never carried out. It shows an early morning fish sale on Hastings beach with the East Parade, Battery and Castle in the distance. In the centre is a group of fashionable women, a boy with a hoop, fishermen in their 'tanfrocks', fishwives with baskets of fish and two figures in Greek costume, one with his arm in a sling. The latter are a reference to the Greek War of Independence which had widespread support in Britain at the time.

Provenance

Probably commissioned for W B Cooke's 'Marine Views'; presented by the artist to his doctor, Sir Anthony Carlisle, 1824; Christie's, 1872; J & W Vokins; Christie's, 1873; Agnew's; Cornelius Vanderbilt, New York, 1915; by desc

Venue details

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery Bohemia Road, HASTINGS East Sussex TN34 1ET 01424 451 052 www.hmag.org.uk

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