Joseph Mallord William TurnerMen-of-War 1807

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From Spithead Sketchbook
Turner Bequest C
Date 1807
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 118 x 187 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest C 24
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 25 Recto:
Men-of-War 1807
Turner Bequest C 24
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 118 x 187 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘24’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘C 24’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Presumably sketched 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 arrangement of ships, especially the two at right, anticipates Turner’s Spithead: Boat’s Crew Recovering an Anchor (Tate N00481),1 for which also see the Introduction.

David Blayney Brown
May 2006

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).

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