A Boat-Builder's Yard

This small study shows a cluttered boat-builder's yard in which casks, baskets, boards, ropes, levers and pulleys appear to be strewn about haphazardly. Sunlight glints off surfaces, while quick touches of pale colour capture the humid atmosphere of a waterside site.

Danby's oil sketches are direct and immediate records of local sights that caught his eye, quite different from the elegantly composed poetical landscapes and biblical subjects on which his contemporary reputation was based.

Key facts

Artist dates
1793 - 1861
Full title
A Boat-Builder's Yard
Date made
about 1840
Medium and support
Oil on paper laid on card
12.2 × 18.5 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery