Joseph Mallord William TurnerStudy for 'The Battle of Trafalgar, as Seen from the Mizen Starboard Shrouds of the Victory' 1805

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Artist
Title
Study for 'The Battle of Trafalgar, as Seen from the Mizen Starboard Shrouds of the Victory'
From Nelson Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXXXIX
Date 1805
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 114 x 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05482
Turner Bequest LXXXIX 26 a
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 15 Verso:
Study for ‘The Battle of Trafalgar, as Seen from the Mizen Starboard Shrouds of the Victory’ 1805
D05482
Turner Bequest LXXXIX 26a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 184 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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

1
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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