Joseph Mallord William Turner A Ship in Distress c.1805

Artwork details

Artist
Title
A Ship in Distress
From Shipwreck (1) Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXXXVII
Date c.1805
Dimensions Support: 118 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05409
Turner Bequest LXXXVII 34
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Catalogue entry

Although Finberg implies otherwise, this very slight sketch, drawn with the sketchbook inverted, 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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