Joseph Mallord William Turner

Yachts under Sail; a Man in a Small Boat; a Moored Sailing Boat

1827

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 × 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18097
Turner Bequest CCVII 56

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the upper register shows a group of yachts, most of which are only indicated by their sails. Below to the right is a study of a man standing up in a small rowing boat; and towards the bottom left is the outline of the masts and yards of a moored sailing boat, drawn with the page turned vertically. 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

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