Joseph Mallord William Turner

Yachts Sailing

1827

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 x 192 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20636
Turner Bequest CCXXVI 24 a

Catalogue entry

The drawing is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation. Two boats are shown manoeuvring under sail, perhaps during a race, with the horizon perfunctorily indicated. This is one of many such coastal and nautical studies in this sketchbook, presumably relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, as discussed in the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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