St Helena Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Grey washes and pencil. This sketch, dating from 1795-96, belongs to a group of views of shipping at Dover copied by Turner and Thomas Girtin from the work of the amateur artist and collector John Henderson probably commissioned by Dr Monro. Henderson was a neighbour on Adelphi Terrace, London, of Dr Thomas Monro who commissioned work from both Turner and Girtin in the early to mid1790s. On a number of drawings, they worked together with Girtin drawing in pencil and Turner adding the washes.
Joseph Farington records in his diary (1st December 1795) that Henderson lent Monro `a Portfolio of outlines of Shipping and boats, made at Dover.’ Henderson’s sketches were probably drawn in the summer of 1794. A number of these Dover subjects appeared at Dr Monro’s sale at Christie’s on 26th June 1833 and were bought by Turner. They are now in the Turner Bequest in the Tate Gallery and are similar views of Dover (D36616-36624). Others are in the Courtauld Institute, National Gallery of Scotland and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Henderson’s collection which includes several of his `outlines’ passed to his son who bequeathed it to the British Museum.
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