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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Boats Passing the Bow of a Ship, with Yachts Beyond 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 15 Verso:
Boats Passing the Bow of a Ship, with Yachts Beyond 1827
D18018
Turner Bequest CCVII 15a
Pencil on white wove paper, 74 x 100 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘m’ and ‘a’ and with a small ?flag symbol above masts towards top right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this scene shows figures in large rowing boats passing off the starboard bow of a large ship on the left, with four yachts passing to the right beyond, three being briefly annotated above with initial letters and what seems to be a depiction of a flag. Compare the diagrams and names of yachts on folio 74 verso (D18133). For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Boats Passing the Bow of a Ship, with Yachts Beyond 1827 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2014, 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-boats-passing-the-bow-of-a-ship-with-yachts-beyond-r1183506, accessed 28 January 2022.