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Fishing Boats with Hucksters Bargaining for Fish

Large marine landscape of boats on rough waves, storm clouds.
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Joseph Mallord William Turner
English, 1775-1851

About this artwork

In this massive painting, celebrated British landscape artist Joseph Mallord William Turner pursued a theme of longstanding interest to him: the sea. On the left, a large fishing vessel engages in business with a huckster, or peddler, who stands in a small boat in the shadows to the right, gesturing with a raised arm. Both the subject and low horizon draw on the tradition of 17th-century Dutch marine painting, but the work also reflects Turner’s growing interest in dramatic effects of atmosphere and light. In the distance, the artist included a steam-driven vessel trailing a plume of dark smoke, which alludes to the arrival of a new, modern era at sea.


On View, Gallery 220


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Joseph Mallord William Turner


Fishing Boats with Hucksters Bargaining for Fish


England (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Inscribed on top flag of nearest boat: J.M.W. Turner


174.5 × 224.9 cm (68 3/4 × 88 1/2 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Kimball Collection

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