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: 100 x 74 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18049
Turner Bequest CCVII 31 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, at the foot is a scene of yachts at sea with clouds above. At the top are two extremely rapid studies of similar craft. These swiftly rendered sail shapes are comparable with those in the oil Sketch for ‘East Cowes Castle, the Regatta Beating to Windward’ No.1, of 1827 (Tate N01995).1 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
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.160 no.260, pl.265 (colour).

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