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A quick sketch, annotated with paint colours, of a Danish ship seized at Copenhagen on 7 September 1807; see Introduction to the sketchbook for the historical background. The figurehead, an armorial shield surmounted by a crown, may be the same as appears on the ship on the right in Turner’s picture Spithead: Boat’s Crew Recovering an Anchor (Tate N00481),1 for which also see the Introduction.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.60–1 no.80 (pl.90).