Joseph Mallord William Turner

Wrecked Ships Aground, with Salvagers on a Beach beneath Cliffs

c.1805

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Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 119 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05445
Turner Bequest LXXXVIII 18

Catalogue entry

A closer view of the same wrecks, with salvagers at work on the beach, is on folio 10 of the sketchbook (D05437). Finberg’s suggestion that the present sketch was made at Folkestone is unconfirmed; there is also some resemblance to Hastings. This leaf was shown with folio 18 (D05444; Turner Bequest LXXXVIII 17) as ‘Two sketches of Shipping’ in the Third Loan Collection selected by Ralph Wornum.
The leaf is very faded and discoloured from exposure.
Verso:
Blank
Inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘out of 190 JR’ top right, inverted
Inscribed by Arthur Mayger Hind in pencil ‘LXXXVIII 18’ lower centre

David Blayney Brown
February 2006

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