Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hulks, Probably on the Hamoaze or Lower Tamar

1814

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 110 x 178 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09676
Turner Bequest CXXXIII 6

Catalogue entry

There is a skyline of wooded hills in the distance, perhaps indicating Mount Edgcumbe, west of Plymouth Sound. This is one of a number of studies of hulks (decommissioned, dismasted warships) interspersed with topographical sketches in the Hamoaze and lower reaches of the River Tamar north-west of the Sound between folios 3 recto and 29 recto (D09671–D09703). In fact, there are slight indications of masts and sails here, so these particular vessels may be laid up only temporarily.

Matthew Imms
July 2014

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