Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ships at Anchor and Small Sailing Boats

1827

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 × 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18014
Turner Bequest CCVII 13 a

Catalogue entry

There are two very slight, schematic registers here of large ships at anchor, some with sails furled and others with only the verticals of their masts indicated. The triangular sails of smaller craft passing them provide a basic sense of scale. There is no indication of a setting, but the vessels were probably observed at Cowes or along the adjacent coast of the mainland. For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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