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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Ship in Distress: Arithmetic (Inscription by Turner) c.1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 3 Recto:
A Ship in Distress: Arithmetic (Inscription by Turner) circa 1805
Turner Bequest LXXXVII 5
Pen and ink on cream laid paper, 118 x 185 mm
Inscribed by Turner in black ink with accounts (see main catalogue entry), bottom left, running vertically
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘5’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXXXVII 5’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The accounts are as follows:
With others on folios 2 and 30 verso (D05378, D05425; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 3, 50) they must relate to subscriptions to Charles Turner’s mezzotint after Turner’s picture The Shipwreck (Tate N00476).1 See also the lists of subscribers on folios 1 verso, 2 verso and 5 verso (D05377, D05379, D05399; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 2, 4, 24), and Introduction to the sketchbook for the picture.

David Blayney Brown
December 2005

Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984 , p.43 no.54 (pl. 64).

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘A Ship in Distress: Arithmetic (Inscription by Turner) 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-ship-in-distress-arithmetic-inscription-by-turner-r1139158, accessed 14 October 2019.