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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Two Sailing Vessels c.1805-6

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 17 Verso:
Two Sailing Vessels circa 1805–6
Turner Bequest XCIII 17a
Pen and ink and brown wash on white wove paper, prepared with a grey wash, 171 x 262 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Hill describes this swift outline with dabs of wash as a ‘good example of the sort of work one would expect to result from sketching shipping from a boat bobbing up and down in the Thames estuary’. Most probably it was drawn near Gravesend or Tilbury, along with folio 18, including Gravesend and its church, and 18 verso (D05794, D05795).

David Blayney Brown
October 2007

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Two Sailing Vessels c.1805–6 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 2007, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-two-sailing-vessels-r1130015, accessed 25 May 2018.