In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 99 x 155 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13979
Turner Bequest CLXXII 25 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains a rough drawing of boats. The mast and sail of the ship on the right is clearly visible whilst the outline of the vessel on the left suggests a steamboat tug, similar to the one in Turner’s famous painting, The Fighting ‘Temeraire’, Tugged to Her Last Berth to be Broken Up 1838 (National Gallery, London).1 Turner frequently sketched ships and boats which feature heavily in many of his paintings. This study may predate the artist’s use of the sketchbook as a notebook relating to his Italian travels in the autumn of 1819.

Nicola Moorby
July 2008

1
B&J 377.

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