Joseph Mallord William Turner

Vessels in the Firth of Forth

1818

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13735
Turner Bequest CLXVII 81 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn over two pages with the sketchbook inverted and continued on folio 90 (D13736; CLXVII 81a), this is the only shipping subject in the Scotch Antiquities sketchbook, although there are a number of similar sketches in the Bass Rock and Edinburgh and Edinburgh, 1818 sketchbooks showing shipping around Dunbar, Port Edgar, Queensferry, Leith and other parts of the Firth of Forth (see Scotland 1818 Tour Introduction). The present sketch also shows the Firth of Forth, probably from the southern shore looking north-west up the river towards Fife. As well as several small sailing vessels, which lean into the wind on folio 90, there is a larger two- or three-masted vessel with several sails and complex rigging on the present page.

Thomas Ardill
April 2008

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