Joseph Mallord William Turner

The ‘Victory’: Port Side

1805

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05489
Turner Bequest LXXXIX 30

Catalogue entry

Of the two port-side views of the Victory in this sketchbook – the other being folio 17 (D05487; Turner Bequest LXXXIX 29) – this is the most likely to have been used for Turner’s picture The Victory Returning from Trafalgar, possibly shown at Turner’s Gallery in 1806 (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut);1 see Introduction to the sketchbook for a discussion of the picture. The starboard view on folio 16 verso (D05486; Turner Bequest LXXXIX 28a) and the cloudy sky on folio 17 verso (D05488) are also likely to have contributed to the picture.
1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.46–7 no.59 (pl.69).
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
March 2006

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