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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
D06543
Turner Bequest C 24

Catalogue entry

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

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).

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