Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Three-Masted Vessel

1818

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 x 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13458
Turner Bequest CLXVI 5 a

Catalogue entry

Preceded in the sketchbook by views of North Queensferry (folio 4 verso–5; D13456–D13457), it is likely that it was at this busy port on the north bank of the Forth, or its southern bank sister, South Queensferry, that Turner saw and rapidly sketched this three-masted vessel. Although a digression from the commissioned subjects of this tour of Scotland (see Tour of Scotland 1818 Tour Introduction), Turner took several opportunities to indulge his interest in boats and shipping, sketching vessels of various sizes at anchor and under sail. Two examples are on the following page (folio 6; D13459).

Thomas Ardill
January 2008

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