Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ships

c.1816–18

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 117 × 180 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11939
Turner Bequest CL 20

Catalogue entry

This is a very hasty outline of a three-master off shore, with a confused mass of sails and figures in the foreground right. Graham Reynolds has written: ‘Almost purely conceptual, it looks like a child’s scribble, but Turner’s powerful visual memory could build on rapid notes of this kind.’1
1
Reynolds 1969, p.102.
Verso:
Blank
This page followed by a spurious blank leaf, not numbered, inserted as part of some unrecorded restoration

David Hill
September 2008

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