This unfinished canvas shows how Turner prepared and began the breezy marines that he exhibited, mainly at his own Gallery, around 1807-9. It is freely brushed in delicate colours over a pale ground to enhance the atmospherics and luminosity of a finished work.

The scene is the Thames Estuary, probably off Sheerness. As in Turner's exhibited Thames sea-pieces of this period, fishing and smaller boats are juxtaposed with a man-of-war, perhaps the naval guardship stationed at the Nore.


  • Title: Shipping at the Mouth of the Thames
  • Creator: Joseph Mallord William Turner
  • Date Created: Around 1806
  • Provenance: Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
  • Physical Dimensions: w1168 x h857 mm
  • Original Title: Shipping at the Mouth of the Thames
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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