Joseph Mallord William Turner

Starboard Bow and Stern of a Man-of-War

1807

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06518
Turner Bequest C 1

Catalogue entry

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.
1
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).
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
May 2006

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