Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Ship and a Boat or Boats under Sail

c.1815–16

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 102 × 160 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10843
Turner Bequest CXLIII 64 a

Catalogue entry

Drawing with the page turned horizontally, Turner focuses on the interrelationship of these vessels’ sails, apparently in motion, but the study is rather unclear. There may be one or two boats in the left foreground, and the configuration of the ship beyond seems disjointed. For similar studies in this sketchbook, see under folio 8 recto (D10784).

Matthew Imms
September 2013

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