Rockets and Blue Lights (Close at Hand) to Warn Steamboats of Shoal Water

Provenance

[Thomas Griffith, London, in 1843];¹ Charles Birch, Harborne, Birmingham (by 1850, sold to Day); William Day (1850–52, possibly sold to Birch); Charles Birch (from 1852, sold to Naylor); John Naylor, Leighton Hall, Welshpool (by 1856, sold to Agnew’s, 1863 );² [Agnew’s, London, in 1863, possibly sold to Graham]; John Graham (1863–64, sold to Agnew’s); [Agnew’s, London, in 1864, sold to McConnel];³ Henry McConnel, Cressbrook, Derbyshire (1864–d. 1871); Trustees of the estate of Henry McConnel (1871–85 ); Mary McConnel Worthington, his daughter, by descent (1885–86, McConnel sale, Christie’s, London, 27 Mar. 1886, no. 77, as Rockets and Blue Lights, Warning Ships off Shoal Water, Calais, sold to Agnew’s); [Agnew’s, London, from 1886]; Sir Julian Goldsmid, London (his sale, Christie’s, London, 13 June 1896, no. 54, ill., sold to Agnew’s); [Agnew’s, London, in 1896]; [Galerie Sedelmeyer, Paris, from 1896]; James Orrock, London (by 1900–1901, sold to Yerkes); Charles T. Yerkes, New York (1901–10, his sale, American Art Association, 5 Apr. 1910, no. 75, sold to Duveen); [Duveen Brothers, New York, 1910–14, sold to Knoedler]; [Knoedler, New York, in 1914, sold to Eastman]; George Eastman, Rochester (1914–16, returned to Knoedler); [Knoedler, New York, in 1916, sold to Schwab]; Charles M. Schwab, New York (1916–after 1928); [Knoedler, New York, sold to Clark, 31 Dec. 1932]; Robert Sterling Clark (1932–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

1. In 1843, John Ruskin refers to the picture as owned by Griffith. John Ruskin to William Wethered, 12 Dec. 1843, Victoria and Albert Museum, Pye MSS, 86.FF.73.
2. Most of the early provenance comes from Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J. M. W. Turner, 1984, p. 238, who note that Naylor made an inventory of his pictures in 1856, and probably acquired this picture between 1854 (when he lent his other Turners, but not this one, to an exhibition) and 1856. See also Edward Morris, "John Naylor and Other Collectors of Modern Paintings," Annual Report and Bulletin of the Walker Art Gallery, vol, 5, 1974–75, and a letter from the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 10 Apr. 1973, in the Clark’s curatorial file.
3. Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J. M. W. Turner, 1984, p. 238, list the painting in Graham’s collection until 1864; Maureen Allen, Cressbrook, 1996 states that McConnel bought it from Agnew’s in 1863.

Joseph Mallord William Turner

English, 1775–1851

Rockets and Blue Lights (Close at Hand) to Warn Steamboats of Shoal Water

1840

Oil on canvas

36 1/4 x 48 1/8 in. (92.1 x 122.2 cm) Frame: 48 5/8 x 60 3/4 x 5 in. (123.5 x 154.3 x 12.7 cm)


Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1932

1955.37


ON VIEW