Joseph Mallord William TurnerStern of a Ship c.1805

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Stern of a Ship
From Shipwreck (1) Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXXXVII
Date c.1805
Dimensionssupport: 118 x 185 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXXXVII 29
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 10 Recto:
Stern of a Ship circa 1805
Turner Bequest LXXXVII 29
Pencil on cream laid paper, 118 x 185 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘29’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXXXVII 29’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
One of a group of pencil sketches of warships, including the Victory, in this sketchbook; see also folios 10, 11 verso, 12, 12 verso, 13, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 28 verso, 29, 29 verso, 30, 30 verso and inside back cover (D05404, D05407, D05400, D05401, D05426, D05410, D05414, D05416, D05418, D05420, D05421, D05422, D05423, D05420, D05425, D40696; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 29, 32, 25, 26, 51, 35, 39, 41, 43, 45–50). These must have been drawn around Christmas 1805 when Turner travelled down the Thames to Sheerness and Chatham to see the Victory return after the Battle of Trafalgar. See also Introduction and notes to the Nelson sketchbook (Tate D05446–D05490; D40701–D40705; D41427; Turner Bequest LXXXIX).

David Blayney Brown
December 2005

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