Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of the Hull of a Yacht

1827

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 140 x 196 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20869
Turner Bequest CCXXVIII 9

Catalogue entry

This is among dozens of blue paper studies presumably made in connection with the Cowes Regatta events in the late summer of 1827; for several other closely observed studies of individual vessels, see the Introduction to this subsection. Here the port side of the hull of a yacht is the focus, seen from astern with the lower edge of the mainsail lightly indicated.
As noted in the Introduction, the present work and eight other sheets were recorded in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory as mounted, and ‘formed part of a bundle’ labelled by John Ruskin ‘O. 166. Shipping, &c. rubbish’,1 although the nine are now all numbered ‘232 | O’ on their versos in common with the rest of the Turner Bequest CCXXVIII grouping, which Finberg noted as unmounted and ‘part of parcel endorsed, “O. 232. Chalk scrawls on grey. Rubbish.”’2
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.702.
2
Ibid.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘232 | O’ bottom right; inscribed in pencil ‘CCXXVIII . 9’ top left, upside down.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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