Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ships at Sea

c.1799–1802

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
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
D04104
Turner Bequest LXIX 90

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned horizontally, this is probably related, as Finberg suggests,1 to the Ships Bearing Up for Anchorage (‘The Egremont Seapiece’) of 1802 (Tate T03868, on display at Petworth House, Sussex);2 see also folio 90 recto (D04105; Turner Bequest LXIX 91), and the rectos of folios 29, 30, 31 and 32 (D04023–D04026).
1
See Finberg 1909, I, p.172.
2
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.17 no.18, pl.14 (colour).
Verso:
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘769’.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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