Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sailing Vessels

c.1825

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 188 x 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18700
Turner Bequest CCXII 89

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, at the top and bottom are studies of large two-masted sailing boats, while in the middle the sails of at least two craft are shown in close juxtaposition. There is no indication of a wider context, but they may have been observed on the River Thames, the setting for many drawings in this sketchbook (see in particular folio 81 verso; D18691), or possibly in connection with Turner’s Low Countries tour of August 1825; see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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