Joseph Mallord William Turner

Shipping

c.1799–1802

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Medium
Ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 135 x 210 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04002
Turner Bequest LXIX 8

Catalogue entry

The image is so faint that it is almost illegible, but it seems to show two ships, a distant three-master to the left, and a vessel closer in at the right, drawn with the page turned horizontally; waves appear to be breaking across the foreground.
Technical notes:
The white gouache has been subject to oxidation. The leather stains on this sheet, corresponding to the folded edges of the overlaps inside the front cover, indicate that it was originally folio 1. See folio 18 recto (D04012) for comparable leather stains from the back cover.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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