Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of Yachts under Sail

1827

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 192 x 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20645
Turner Bequest CCXXVI 30

Catalogue entry

These drawings were made on two registers, with the page turned vertically. They show yachts under way, functioning as diagrammatic records of the arrangement of their sails. There are similar studies on 30 verso opposite and the verso of the present leaf (D20644, D20646; Turner Bequest CCXXVI 29a, 30a). They are among many such coastal and nautical studies in this sketchbook, presumably relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, as discussed in the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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