Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of a Moored Warship; Two Seated Women with ?Sails Beyond, Probably at Cowes


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 74 × 100 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCVII 40

Catalogue entry

On the right are two studies, one rather slight, probably showing the same moored warship; see also those on the verso (D18067), and compare the vessel in the 1827 painting Shipping off East Cowes Headland (Tate N01999).1 There seem to be indications of the sails of a yacht at the centre of the page, eclipsed by the sketches of two bonneted women (or the same woman twice) seated in rather ungainly poses at the bottom left. Like those on folio 19 recto (D18024) they may be attempting to preserve their modesty against the breeze while watching the yacht racing depicted on many adjacent pages. Compare also the seated figure on folio 6 verso (D18001). 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

Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.161 no.267 pl.272 (colour).

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