Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sailing Boats in Harbour Including One Careened, with Figures and a Block and Tackle

1827

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 × 192 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20618
Turner Bequest CCXXVI 14 a

Catalogue entry

The drawing is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation. In varying degrees of detail it shows sailing boats, with a hull heeled over or careened on its starboard side at the centre, and figures apparently gathered around a block and tackle attached to the top of the consequently near-horizontal mast on the left. Compare details on folio 37 recto (D20653; Turner Bequest CCXXVI 35).
For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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