J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Group of Sailing Ships at Sea c.1799-1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 31 Recto:
A Group of Sailing Ships at Sea c.1799–1802
Turner Bequest LXIX 31
Ink on blue laid paper, 135 x 210 mm
Watermark: Strasburg lily (trimmed)
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘31’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘LXIX-31’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Made with the page turned horizontally, this is one of a sequence of studies related to the Ships Bearing Up for Anchorage (‘The Egremont Seapiece’) of 1802 (Tate T03868, on display at Petworth House, Sussex),1 as suggested by Finberg2 and corroborated by Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll.3 See also folios 29 recto, 30 recto, 32 recto, 40 verso–41 recto (D04023, D04024, D04026, D04043–D04044), and 90 recto (D04105; Turner Bequest LXIX 91).
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.17 no.18, pl.14 (colour).
See Finberg 1909, I, p.171.
See Butlin and Joll 1984, p.17.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Group of Sailing Ships at Sea c.1799–1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-group-of-sailing-ships-at-sea-r1177903, accessed 17 May 2022.