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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Man-of-War Firing a Broadside c.1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 13 Recto:
A Man-of-War Firing a Broadside circa 1805
Turner Bequest LXXXVII 51
Pencil 118 x 185 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘51’ top left, inverted
Stamped in black ‘LXXXVII 51’ top left, inverted
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
See note to folio 10 of this sketchbook (D05404; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 29). This subject is continued on folio 12 verso (D05401; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 26), for which also see catalogue note. It appears inverted. When Ruskin broke up the sketchbook he split the two sections of this double-page spread, numbering the other ‘26’, thus breaking up Turner’s study of a single ship. The portions were rejoined when the sketchbook was rebound in 1934.

David Blayney Brown
December 2005

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘A Man-of-War Firing a Broadside c.1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2005, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-man-of-war-firing-a-broadside-r1139176, accessed 20 October 2019.