Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ships and Boats under Sail; Figures beneath the Bow of a Ship

1827

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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
D18011
Turner Bequest CCVII 12

Catalogue entry

At the top right is a study of a three-masted ship under full sail. It may be shown again at the bottom centre among smaller sailing boats. At the top left a separate sketch, made with the page turned vertically, shows a group of figures, perhaps in a small boat, off the starboard bow of a large vessel. For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.
Technical notes:
Part of the outer edge of the page appears to have been accidentally caught and folded back, forming a shallow crescent.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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