Joseph Mallord William Turner

Moored Sailing Boats, Flying Flags off a Wooded Shore

1827

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 x 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18072
Turner Bequest CCVII 43

Catalogue entry

Among the boats moored here off a wooded shore are two flying flags or pennants, one with a banded horizontal design and the other apparently numbered ‘2’. They may be markers on a racing course. Turner’s note to the right is perhaps shorthand for a ‘mackerel sky’ of high clouds like the one he noted in full on folio 39 verso (D18065). For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.
Verso:
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Matthew Imms
December 2014

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