Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Nore Lightship

c.1805–9

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06458
Turner Bequest XCIX 58 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. The Nore lightship was the first in the world, originally moored in 1732 by the treacherous Nore sandbank, at the mouth of the Thames Estuary, between Shoebury Ness in Essex and Sheerness and the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. A sloop, with a lantern hung at each end of the yard-arm, the lightship had been taken over by Trinity House in 1793; the vessel was replaced in 1845.

David Blayney Brown
March 2009

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