Joseph Mallord William Turner

Quarterdeck of the ‘Victory’, and Beakhead of the ‘Temeraire’

1805

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05477
Turner Bequest LXXXIX 23 a

Catalogue entry

The Victory’s quarterdeck is seen here from the same angle as in Turner’s picture The Battle of Trafalgar, as Seen from the Mizen Starboard Shrouds of the Victory, exhibited at Turner’s Gallery in 1806 (Tate N00480;1 see the Introduction to this sketchbook). The beakhead appears again on folio 31 (D05478; Turner Bequest LXXXIX 24), identified as the Temeraire by Pieter van der Merwe.

David Blayney Brown
January 2010

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.46 no.58 (pl.68).

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