Joseph Mallord William Turner

Yachts Passing Moored Ships; Regatta Spectators with a Telescope, Probably at Cowes

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
D18058
Turner Bequest CCVII 36

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, at the top right is a group of men standing with a telescope, another man sitting, and what seems to be a woman in a large bonnet. They are presumably watching the racing yachts seen on many adjacent pages. Ann Chumbley and Ian Warrell have noted these figures in relation to another group with a telescope on folio 33 recto (D18052);1 see also folio 19 recto (D18024).
With the page turned vertically, at the outer end is a study of yachts in full sail passing moored ships. 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

1
See Chumbley and Warrell 1989, p.60.

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