Joseph Mallord William Turner

Outline of a Sailing Boat; Inscriptions by Turner: Numbering and Subject

c.1833

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 140 × 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40127

Catalogue entry

This is the verso of The Lanterne at St-Cloud, a Wanderings by the Seine subject (D24697; Turner Bequest CCLIX 132). Turner’s gouache inscriptions on the backs of the series are not recorded in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory.1
The ghostly white outline of a boat or boats under sail has been developed a little with rusty red touches similar in colour to the inscriptions, suggesting that the slight sketch was present before Turner noted the recto’s subject, which does not include such a vessel.

Caroline South
November 2017

1
See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.II, p.796.

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