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

Joseph Mallord William Turner The 'Victory', Starboard Side, Smaller Vessels Alongside 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 6 Recto:
The ‘Victory’, Starboard Side, Smaller Vessels Alongside 1805
D05452
Turner Bequest LXXXIX 7
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 184 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘6’, ‘12’, ‘4’ and ‘12’ beneath masts and rigging, and ‘topmast’ beneath a small detail drawn at top right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘7’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXXXIX 7’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This ship appears to be the Victory with the jury masts as fitted during her stay at Portsmouth on her way back from Trafalgar (see Introduction to the sketchbook for her movements). The small detail of the topmast sketched at upper right would thus show the jury rig. The ship is apparently at anchor as anchor chains are visible at the bow. She is riding very high in the water, indicating that heavy materials have already been removed.
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David Blayney Brown
March 2006

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘The ‘Victory’, Starboard Side, Smaller Vessels Alongside 1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 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-the-victory-starboard-side-smaller-vessels-alongside-r1139248, accessed 22 August 2014.