Joseph Mallord William Turner

Marines, a Seaman and a Separate Sketch of a Man’s Face


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 114 × 184 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXXXIX 17

Catalogue entry

For another sketch of a marine, see folio 3 of the sketchbook (D05449; Turner Bequest LXXXIX 4). The sketch of a man’s face seems unrelated to the studies of marines’ and seamen’s uniform and to judge from Turner’s inscription might portray John Pasco, Nelson’s flag-lieutenant on Victory at Trafalgar, who was wounded in the right arm and taken below by a party of marines. Turner included Pasco being carried down the gangway from poop to quarterdeck in his picture Battle of Trafalgar, as Seen from the Mizen Starboard Shrouds of the Victory (Tate N00480;1 see Introduction to the sketchbook for the picture and related works), and ‘Lt Pascoe RN wounded’ is marked as number 4 in his accompanying key (Tate D08266; Turner Bequest CXXI K). A very slight sketch for Pasco and his helpers is on folio 11 (D05460; Turner Bequest LXXXIX 13). Turner’s note on folio 12 (D05462; Turner Bequest LXXXIX 14) that ‘4 Sailors carried some officer down about the time Ld N fell’ perhaps also refers to Pasco, or to Captain Adair of the Royal Marines, who was killed.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.46 no.58 (pl.68).

David Blayney Brown
March 2006

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