Joseph Mallord William Turner
Ships’ Boats Victualling c.1805–9

Artwork details

Ships’ Boats Victualling
From River and Margate Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XCIX
Date c.1805–9
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 115 x 190 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XCIX 18
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Catalogue entry

This is one of three very lively, closely-observed sketches of ships being provisioned; the others are a double-spread running from the verso to folio 22 (D06388–D06389; Turner Bequest XCIX 18a–19, and folio 25; Turner Bequest XCIX 22) which has a further inscription detailing the supplies of bread, straw, beef, live sheep and fish. The Navy’s main victualling yards were on the Thames at Deptford and the drawings were probably made there.

David Blayney Brown
March 2009

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