This fluent sketch can be seen as belonging to the series of rapidly-observed marine subjects that features in the contemporary Studies for Pictures sketchbook (Tate D04104–D04116; Turner Bequest LXIX 90–101). It bears some relation to the subject matter of the painting Ships Bearing up for Anchorage (‘The Egremont Seapiece’; Tate T03868, displayed at Petworth House, West Sussex),1 exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1802.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.17 no.18, pl.14 (colour).
For further discussion of Turner’s label and the issue of this sketchbook’s covers, see the technical notes in the Introduction.
Blank; inscribed by the Executors of the Turner Bequest, Henry Scott Trimmer, Charles Turner, Charles Lock Eastlake and John Prescott Knight in ink ‘No 171 | H S Trimmer C Turner’ and in pencil ‘C.L.E.’ and ‘JPK’ top left.