Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ships at Anchor

1827

In Tate Britain

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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
D17999
Turner Bequest CCVII 5 a

Catalogue entry

The criss-crossed masts and yards of this slight study of two or three vessels at anchor, possibly with a wooded shore beyond, are loosely comparable with those seen in the oil Sketch for ‘East Cowes Castle, the Regatta Starting for Their Moorings’ No.1, of 1827 (Tate N01998).1 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

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.160–1 no.263, pl.268 (colour).

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