Joseph Mallord William Turner

Man-of-War with Sails Set

c.1805

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 118 × 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05407
Turner Bequest LXXXVII 32

Catalogue entry

Along with his inscription, Turner has added a small pencil sketch of the deck of the ship seen as if from above, to indicate her wide beam. See note to folio 10 of this sketchbook (D05404; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 29) and folio 12 (D05400; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 25) for a ‘French Frig[ate]’; also folio 28 (D05420; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 45) for another ‘FF [?French frigate]. Turner may have seen captured French ships on the Thames.

David Blayney Brown
December 2005

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