Joseph Mallord William TurnerHulks, Probably on the Hamoaze 1811

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Artist
Title
Hulks, Probably on the Hamoaze
From Ivy Bridge to Penzance Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXXV
Date 1811
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 166 x 208 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08872
Turner Bequest CXXV 7
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Recto:
Hulks, Probably on the Hamoaze 1811
D08872
Turner Bequest CXXV 7
Pencil on white wove paper, 166 x 208 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘7’ bottom right (now very faint)
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXV – 7’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
There may be tentative indications of a shoreline in the distance. The scene is probably the Hamoaze (the Tamar Estuary) west of Plymouth. The two hulks to the left appear to have retained their mainmasts, and a ship in full sail is cursorily indicated to the right. Finberg relates this sketch and that on folio 7 recto (D08871; CXXV 6)1 to the oil painting Hulks on the Tamar, possibly exhibited at Turner’s gallery in 1812 (Tate T03881; displayed at Petworth House, West Sussex).2 However, as Butlin and Joll observe, ‘the connection ... seems most doubtful.’3
This is one of a series of sketches of Plymouth and nearby districts, running from folio 3 recto (D08866; CXXV 2) to folio 14 recto (D08880; CXXV 13); see the entry for the first of these for other Plymouth views.
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.355.
2
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.84–5 no.119, pl.126.
3
Ibid., p.85.
Verso:
Blank, save for some offsetting from the drawing opposite (D08873; CXXV 8).

Matthew Imms
February 2011

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