Joseph Mallord William Turner

Spanish Ensign and other Flags

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
D05459
Turner Bequest LXXXIX 12 v

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. When the book was restitched, this leaf was flipped, the side that Finberg treated as the recto becoming the verso. The larger flag is a Spanish ensign. The verso (D05458; Turner Bequest LXXXIX 12) has a sketch of the Spanish flagship Santissima Trinidad and a note in which Turner reminds himself to ask about the colouring of her ‘standard’. The ensign would have been red and yellow.

David Blayney Brown
March 2006

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