Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of Yachts, Including the Hull of the ‘Miranda’

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 x 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18125
Turner Bequest CCVII 70 a

Catalogue entry

There are separate studies of various yachts here; with the page turned vertically, near the gutter Turner has drawn the profile of a hull and labelled it (the other way up) ‘Miranda’. Belonging to James Maxse, the vessel was a celebrated one, and performed exceptionally in regatta events at Cowes in 1827, winning the hundred guinea cup on 31 July and the Royal Yacht Club1 gold cup, presented by King George IV, on 13 August. See the entry for Turner’s notes of some of the races and the boats involved in the Windsor and Cowes, Isle of Wight sketchbook (Tate D20730; Turner Bequest CCXXVI 80a). For more on studies in the present sketchbook relating to the regatta, see the sketchbook Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

1
Known as the Royal Yacht Squadron from 1833; see Graham Reynolds, ‘Turner at East Cowes Castle’, Victoria and Albert Museum Yearbook, no.1, 1969, p.79 note 4.

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