Joseph Mallord William TurnerA Ship in Distress and a Lifeboat in Rough Seas c.1805

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Artist
Title
A Ship in Distress and a Lifeboat in Rough Seas
From Shipwreck (1) Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXXXVII
Date c.1805
Dimensionssupport: 118 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05396
Turner Bequest LXXXVII 21
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 16 Recto:
A Ship in Distress and a Lifeboat in Rough Seas circa 1805
D05396
Turner Bequest LXXXVII 21
Pencil, pen and ink and brownish-grey wash on cream laid paper, 118 x 185 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘21’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXXXVII 21’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Although Finberg implies otherwise, the sketch has no direct connection with Turner’s picture The Shipwreck (Tate N00476),1 for which see Introduction to the sketchbook.

David Blayney Brown
January 2006

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.43 no.54 (pl. 64).

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