Turner's stormy seascape of fishing boats on Port Ruysdael, with particular attention to blues, greens and greys. Port Ruysdael is an imaginary place named in honour of seventeenth-century Dutch painter Salomon von Ruysdael.
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Fishing Boats Bringing a Disabled Ship into Port Ruysdael
91.4 x 123.2 cm
Oil on canvas
Date of work
Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London; he remained a Londoner and kept a Cockney accent all his life despite dominating British landscape painting throughout the first half of the 19th century. He established a reputation in the Royal Academy, first as a topographical watercolourist and then within a few years as a painter of sublime and historical landscapes. From the mid-1790s he settled on the routine he maintained fo+G11r much of his life: touring in summer and working in the studio in the winter months. He opened his own gallery and had many patrons and admirers as well as detractors. After his death a large body of his works in oil and watercolour was given to the British nation, with many on show at Tate Britain.