Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Ships, one Sinking, and a Lifeboat: Arithmetic (Inscription by Turner)

c.1805

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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
D05378
Turner Bequest LXXXVII 3

Catalogue entry

The accounts are as follows:
     48     16 
     16     54 
     –      – 
     64 
     16 
     54 
     70 
With similar on folios 3 and 30 verso of this sketchbook (D05380, D05425; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 5, 50) they must relate to subscriptions, probably received around 1806–7, to Charles Turner’s mezzotint after Turner’s picture The Shipwreck (Tate, N00476).1 See also the lists of subscribers on folios 1 verso, 2 verso and 5 verso (D05377, D05379, D05399; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 2, 4, 24), and Introduction to the sketchbook for the picture. Although Finberg implies otherwise, the sketch on this leaf has no direct connection with the picture’s composition.

David Blayney Brown
December 2005

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984 , p.43 no.54 (pl. 64).

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