J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Shipwreck c.1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 18 Recto:
A Shipwreck circa 1805
D05392
Turner Bequest LXXXVII 17
Pen and ink over pencil on cream laid paper, 118 x 185 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘17’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXXXVII 17’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Although Finberg implies otherwise, and is followed by Upstone, the sketch has no direct connection with Turner’s picture The Shipwreck (Tate N00476),1 for which see Introduction to the sketchbook. There is a slight offset of blue wash from folio 17 verso (D05391; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 16).

David Blayney Brown
January 2006

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).

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘A Shipwreck c.1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2006, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-shipwreck-r1139184, accessed 19 December 2014.