Joseph Mallord William Turner
?A French Frigate and another Warship, from Astern c.1805

Artwork details

?A French Frigate and another Warship, from Astern
From Shipwreck (1) Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXXXVII
Date c.1805
Dimensions Support: 118 x 185 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXXXVII 25
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Catalogue entry

Turner’s note indicates the ship on the right to be a French frigate. See note to folio 10 of this sketchbook (D05404; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 29). ‘French beam’ is noted by Turner on folio 11 verso (D05407; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 32) and perhaps another French frigate on folio 28 (D05420; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 45). He may have seen captured French ships on the Thames.

David Blayney Brown
December 2005

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