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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 × 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17366
Turner Bequest CXCIX 1 a

Catalogue entry

Made with the page inverted relative to the foliation of the sketchbook, here Turner describes warships in profile, as identified by Finberg.1 The handling is light but calculated. Turner delineates two complete vessels, one at centre, and another, smaller example at top right. Towards the right, Turner elaborates a small detail, possibly a brief section of the gallery across the stern.
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.607.
Technical notes:
The top edge of this page seems raw in appearance, compared with the cleanly sliced leaves throughout the sketchbook. The fibres of the paper are evident, the look uneven.

Maud Whatley
January 2016

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