Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study for ‘The Battle of Trafalgar, as Seen from the Mizen Starboard Shrouds of the Victory’


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 114 x 184 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXXXIX 26 a

Catalogue entry

For Turner’s picture, The Battle of Trafalgar, as Seen from the Mizen Starboard Shrouds of the Victory (Tate N00480),1 exhibited at Turner’s Gallery in 1806, see the Introduction to this sketchbook. This is a slighter sketch already anticipating the more careful study of the composition drawn across folios 14 verso and its own recto (D41427–D05481; Turner Bequest LXXXIX 26), for which see full catalogue entry. Showing the quarterdeck of the Victory and on her right the French ship Redoutable (see also chiefly folio 10, D05457; Turner Bequest LXXXIX 11), it was originally bound as a double-page spread with what is now folio 11 (D05460; Turner Bequest LXXXIX 13), which extends the composition further to the right to include the British ship Temeraire.

David Blayney Brown
March 2006

Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.46 no.58 (pl.68).

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