Joseph Mallord William Turner

Boats under Sail

1827

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 × 192 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20702
Turner Bequest CCXXVI 66 a

Catalogue entry

There are two sketches here, one in line with the sketchbook’s foliation and the other inverted relative to it. The former is typical, noting yachts under sail in close juxtaposition, with an indication of bunting fluttering to their right. The latter is more pictorial, with hulls and sails roughly shaded in silhouette against a blustery sky, probably observed in a harbour, and likely at Cowes; the scrawled colour notes add immediacy. For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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