Joseph Mallord William Turner

Yachts under Sail

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
D18023
Turner Bequest CCVII 18 a

Catalogue entry

At the top is a small, calligraphic study of a group of vessels, with a second larger study of the same subject below. The billowing sails perhaps suggest racing; the yachts on folio 19 recto opposite (D18024) seem to have been observed on the same occasion, and are perhaps even the same craft. 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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