Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Yacht under Sail and Other 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
D18114
Turner Bequest CCVII 64 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the most prominent feature of this sketch is a yacht, which is passing what appears to be a rowing boat containing vague shapes which may be several passengers; beyond are slight indications of masts and yards. Below to the right is a smaller study of sailing boats near a number of larger moored ships, the one on the left probably being a warship, underneath which Turner has written ‘3’, in sequence with similar numbered sketches on folios 65 verso and 66 verso (D18116, D18118).
For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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