Joseph Mallord William TurnerStudy for 'The Wreck of a Transport Ship' c.1805-10

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Artist
Title
Study for 'The Wreck of a Transport Ship'
From Shipwreck (1) Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXXXVII
Date c.1805-10
Dimensionssupport: 118 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05398
Turner Bequest LXXXVII 23
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Recto:
Study for ‘The Wreck of a Transport Ship’ circa 1805–10
D05398
Turner Bequest LXXXVII 23
Pen and ink on cream laid paper, 118 x 185 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘23’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXXXVII 23’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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 4 verso of the sketchbook (D05383; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 8). 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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