Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Hulk and Sailing Boats

c.1830

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 76 x 98 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35800
Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 24

Catalogue entry

Above a horizontal pencil dividing line, the upper half of the page is taken up with the starboard view of a hulk (a decommissioned and partially dismasted warship), possibly beached, with indications of the masts and sails of smaller vessels around it. It was presumably recorded on the coast of Kent; such vessels were used as ad hoc storage and accommodation and were frequently recorded in Turner’s sketches. This one may have a washing line strung between its masts: compare the one in the 1822 Rivers of England watercolour Rochester, on the River Medway (Tate D18156; Turner Bequest CCVIII W), and see the slighter drawing inside the front cover (D41226).

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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