Joseph Mallord William Turner

Yachts Sailing

1827

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 192 x 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20633
Turner Bequest CCXXVI 22 a

Catalogue entry

The drawing was made with the page turned vertically. Two yachts are shown manoeuvring in different directions at some speed, possibly turning during a race, with a further vessel shown in the distance on the right. This is one of many such coastal and nautical studies in this sketchbook, presumably relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, as discussed in the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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