Joseph Mallord William TurnerSpanish Ensign and other Flags 1805

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Artist
Title
Spanish Ensign and other Flags
From Nelson Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXXXIX
Date 1805
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 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
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 21 Recto:
Spanish Ensign and other Flags 1805
D05459
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 184 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil alongside left flag ‘Red’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘977’ top right, inverted
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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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