Joseph Mallord William Turner

Yachts under Sail

1827

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 192 × 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41018

Catalogue entry

These drawings, made in three bands with the page turned vertically, show large racing yachts manoeuvring in relation to smaller sailing boats. For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the Introduction.
The page is inscribed by the Executors of the Turner Bequest, Charles Turner, John Prescott Knight and Charles Lock Eastlake, in ink ‘No 341 Contains 68 | Leaves, in Pencil & Colors | C Turner’ and in pencil ‘JPK’, ‘C.L.E.’ and (?in the latter’s hand) ‘68 counting | the wrappers’ at the bottom right, descending vertically relative to the drawings, and inverted in terms of the sketchbook’s foliation.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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