Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fully-Rigged Ships in Full Sail

?1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 187 × 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23596
Turner Bequest CCLII 40 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned vertically, Turner recorded a fully-rigged ship in full sail from different angles on this page. All three drawings show the vessel at starboard, with the top sketch depicting the bow and the central sketch revealing the stern side. Such ships abounded in the English Channel and on the long navigable stretch of the Seine, both much studied in the volume as outlined in the Introduction to this sketchbook.

John Chu
April 2014

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