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
D05398
Turner Bequest LXXXVII 23

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 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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