Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Yacht Passing Shipping

1827

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 × 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18076
Turner Bequest CCVII 45 a

Catalogue entry

This quick study shows a large yacht passing in front of a moored ship bedecked with flags or bunting on the left. The convoluted masts and sails towards the right are more difficult to interpret. For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.
Technical notes:
There is a prominent brown stain to the left of the drawing, and streaks towards the bottom right, which have apparently soaked through from the recto (D18075).

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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