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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Ship in Distress c.1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 20 Recto:
A Ship in Distress circa 1805
Turner Bequest LXXXVII 33
Pen and ink on cream laid paper, 118 x 185 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘33’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXXXVII 33’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Although Finberg implies otherwise, this very slight sketch, drawn with the sketchbook inverted, has no direct connection with Turner’s picture The Shipwreck (Tate, N00476),1 for which see Introduction to the sketchbook.

David Blayney Brown
January 2006

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 c.1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2006, 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-r1139188, accessed 26 January 2022.