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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Three-Masted Vessel 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Verso:
A Three-Masted Vessel 1818
Turner Bequest CLXVI 5a
Pencil on white wove paper, 90 x 112 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Preceded in the sketchbook by views of North Queensferry (folio 4 verso–5; D13456–D13457), it is likely that it was at this busy port on the north bank of the Forth, or its southern bank sister, South Queensferry, that Turner saw and rapidly sketched this three-masted vessel. Although a digression from the commissioned subjects of this tour of Scotland (see Tour of Scotland 1818 Tour Introduction), Turner took several opportunities to indulge his interest in boats and shipping, sketching vessels of various sizes at anchor and under sail. Two examples are on the following page (folio 6; D13459).

Thomas Ardill
January 2008

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘A Three-Masted Vessel 1818 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2008, 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-three-masted-vessel-r1132003, accessed 21 February 2020.