Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study for ‘The Wreck of a Transport Ship’

c.1805–10

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Medium
None
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05383
Turner Bequest LXXXVII 8

Catalogue entry

Finberg associated this sketch with Turner’s picture The Shipwreck (Tate, N00476).1 However, it is actually a sketch for The Wreck of a Transport Ship (Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon),2 a later work of about 1810. Another sketch for it is on folio 5 of the sketchbook (D05398; Turner Bequest LXXVIII 23). See Introduction to the sketchbook for the picture and its subject.

David Blayney Brown
December 2005

1
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.43 no.54 (pl. 64).
2
Ibid., pp.128–9 no.210 (pl.213).

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