Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bow and Sterns of Men-of-War, including the ‘Trekroner’

1807

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06519
Turner Bequest C 2

Catalogue entry

A quick sketch, annotated with paint colours, of Danish ships seized at Copenhagen on 7 September 1807; see Introduction to the sketchbook for the historical background. According to Turner’s inscription, the stern on the right belongs to the Trekroner (Three Crowns), which
is one of the two Danish prizes depicted in Turner’s picture Spithead: Boat’s Crew Recovering an Anchor (Tate N00481),1 for which also see the Introduction. The sketch of the stern and mizzen gaff with a Danish standard seems to be a detail of the larger ship drawn on folio 4 (D06520; Turner Bequest C3).
1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.60–1 no.80 (pl.90).
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
May 2006

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