Joseph Mallord William TurnerMen-of-War at Anchor; Sun Setting 1807

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Artist
Title
Men-of-War at Anchor; Sun Setting
From Spithead Sketchbook
Turner Bequest C
Date 1807
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 118 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06537
Turner Bequest C 18
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 19 Recto:
Men-of-War at Anchor; Sun Setting 1807
D06537
Turner Bequest C 18
Pen and ink on off-white wove paper, 118 x 187 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘18’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘C 18’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Presumably sketched in Portsmouth harbour or at Spithead, these ships may include prizes from the Danish fleet, seized by the British at Copenhagen; see Introduction to the sketchbook for the historical background. The sun appears low in the sky.
Verso:
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David Blayney Brown
May 2006

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