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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Yacht and Distant Ships under Sail 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Yacht and Distant Ships under Sail 1827
Turner Bequest CCXXVIII 27
Pencil on blue wove paper, 140 x 191 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCCVIII 27’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is among dozens of blue paper studies presumably made in connection with the Cowes Regatta events in the late summer of 1827; see the Introduction to this subsection for others showing shipping under sail and in some cases apparently racing.
As noted there, the present work and thirty-four other sheets were recorded in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory as unmounted, and ‘formed part of [a] parcel’ labelled by John Ruskin ‘O. 232. Chalk scrawls on grey. Rubbish.’1
Finberg 1909, II, p.702.
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘232 | O’ bottom right; inscribed in red ink ‘459’ bottom left; inscribed in pencil ‘CCXXVIII . 27’ top left, upside down.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Yacht and Distant Ships under Sail 1827 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-yacht-and-distant-ships-under-sail-r1183420, accessed 18 May 2022.