Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Royal Squadron in Leith Roads

1822

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17640
Turner Bequest CC 76

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook inverted, and continuing on folio 75 verso (D17639), is a drawing of the royal squadron at Leith Roads belonging to a sequence of sketches in this book (see folio 64; D17618). Although Turner’s drawing is highly economical, and particular vessels cannot be identified, it managed to capture the flurry of activity and movement of the fleet. A pattern of vertical and horizontal lines is created by the crossing of masts and spars, and by the sails, flags and bunting. Beyond the boats, and continuing on folio 75 verso (D17639), is the shore of Leith with the rough outline of Arthur’s Seat at the right.

Thomas Ardill
September 2008

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