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Creator:
Joshua Cristall, 1768–1847, British
Title:

Coast of Sussex, Pushing Off a Boat to a Vessel in Distress

Date:
ca. 1808
Medium:
Watercolor and graphite on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 19 x 28 3/4 inches (48.3 x 73 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Presented by Andrew Wyld / W.S. Fine Art Ltd.
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B2008.4
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
anchor | birds | boat | boots | coast | danger | genre subject | gesturing | hats | helping | kerchief | marine art | men | meteorology | oars | pushing | rope | sails | sandbags | science | seagulls | seamen | ships | storm | trousers | watching | waves, tidal
Associated Places:
England | Europe | Sussex | United Kingdom
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:59946
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Joshua Cristall’s early years were aimless as his aspirations to become an artist were regularly thwarted. Opposition from his father forced Cristall into unsatisfying desk jobs until Mary Wollstonecraft told him to assert himself. He did, and entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1792. Cristall emerged as a watercolor artist of real significance, preferring to make ambitious figurative watercolors rather than straightforward landscapes, often tackling classical subject matter. He did make and exhibit landscapes from time to time but often introduced an unusual degree of narrative detail through his figures. In this example, fishermen launch a boat into heavy seas to rescue the crew of a ship in distress, although the attitudes of the foreground men suggest a lack of optimism about their mission. This stormy seascape suggests the impact of the paintings of the young J. M. W. Turner on Cristall and Cristall’s desire to make watercolors to rival the solemnity of paintings.

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