Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ships’ Boats Victualling

c.1805–9

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06387
Turner Bequest XCIX 18

Catalogue entry

This is one of three very lively, closely-observed sketches of ships being provisioned; the others are a double-spread running from the verso to folio 22 (D06388–D06389; Turner Bequest XCIX 18a–19, and folio 25; Turner Bequest XCIX 22) which has a further inscription detailing the supplies of bread, straw, beef, live sheep and fish. The Navy’s main victualling yards were on the Thames at Deptford and the drawings were probably made there.

David Blayney Brown
March 2009

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