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

Joseph Mallord William Turner Diagrams of a Small Shallow-Draughted, Broad-Beamed Boat with Lateen Rig 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Verso:
Diagrams of a Small Shallow-Draughted, Broad-Beamed Boat with Lateen Rig 1805
D06192
Turner Bequest XCVIII 8a
Pen and ink on white laid paper, 117 x 182 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
See catalogue note to folio 7 verso (D06190) for boat studies and diagrams in this sketchbook These diagrams appear to be of a similar boat, seen in profile. Bailey, speculating that they show what Turner’s boat was like, describes them as of ‘more or less a Thames wherry, clinker- or lapstrake-built, with low topsides, a raking stem and broad stern’. He adds; ‘The fact that a lateen rig would be unhandy when obliged to tack frequently may have convinced him to have lugsails or spritsails for main and mizzen, and perhaps a jib for extra windward drive and help in bringing the boat about from one tack to the other’. Further diagrams are on folio 9 (D06193).

David Blayney Brown
July 2008

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Diagrams of a Small Shallow-Draughted, Broad-Beamed Boat with Lateen Rig 1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2008, 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-diagrams-of-a-small-shallow-draughted-broad-beamed-boat-with-r1130376, accessed 28 April 2015.