Joseph Mallord William Turner

Royal Squadron at Leith

1822

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17623
Turner Bequest CC 67

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted, this is one of many rapidly executed sketches of the royal squadron at Leith (see folio 64; D17618). There is evidently some activity going on here, with a large vessel sailing past and small vessels attending a larger ship at the right. Again masts and spars are indicated with vertical and horizontal lines, and little attention is paid to the hulls. As before, a line of bunting is indicated by a series of short parallel horizontal lines.
Unlike many of the sketches in this sequence the background is included. Although it is not very clear, it probably shows Arthur’s Seat as in many of the other sketches of shipping at Leith in this sketchbook (see King’s Visit to Edinburgh 1822 sketchbook Introduction for references).

Thomas Ardill
August 2008

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