formerly attributed to Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of the English Ship ‘Hampton Court’ from the Port Bow, in a Heavy Sea

c.1680

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Formerly attributed to Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 423 x 550 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36666
Turner Bequest CCCLXXX 17

Display caption

This spirited if slight drawing is a study for Van de Velde's painting in the Birmingham City Art Gallery. Turner may have bought it at the sale of the artist Paul Sandby on 3 May 1811, which there is other evidence that he may have attended and where a number of drawings by Van de Velde were sold. As a painter of stormy marines himself, he would have found Van de Velde's treatment of a ship in heavy seas particularly appealing.

Gallery label, August 2004

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