Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study for ‘Ships Bearing up for Anchorage (“The Egremont Seapiece”)’

c.1799–1802

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 436 x 271 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04974
Turner Bequest LXXXI 72

Catalogue entry

The subject is continued on folio 38 recto opposite (D04975; Turner Bequest LXXXI 73). Ships Bearing up for Anchorage (‘The Egremont Seapiece’) was shown at the Royal Academy in 1802 (Tate T03868, displayed at Petworth House, West Sussex);1 there are other studies for it on folios 33 verso–34 recto and 34 verso–35 recto (D04966–D04969; Turner Bequest LXXXI 64–65, 66–67). This is the most elaborate of the series, but it only partly indicates the complete design, omitting several of the most prominent ships.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.17 no.18, pl.14 (colour).

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