Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Man-of-War Firing a Broadside

c.1805

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05401
Turner Bequest LXXXVII 26

Catalogue entry

See note to folio 10 of this sketchbook (D05404; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 29). This subject is continued on folio 13 (D05426; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 51), appearing inverted. When Ruskin broke up the sketchbook he split the two sections of this double-page spread, numbering the other ‘51’, thus destroying Turner’s study of a single ship firing her guns from her ports amidships. The portions were rejoined when the sketchbook was rebound in 1934.

David Blayney Brown
December 2005

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