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: 192 x 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20596
Turner Bequest CCXXVI 1

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, towards the outer edge Turner has made two swift sketches of yachts under sail, juxtaposed and possibly racing, with loose indications of the horizon and low coastal features. Below is a study of a separate craft in isolation, and towards the bottom two further craft, the further one partly masking what may be a moored warship, very lightly indicated by the verticals of its masts.
Compare the front paste-down opposite (D41015). For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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