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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Boats under Sail 1825

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 13 Recto:
Boats under Sail 1825
Turner Bequest CCXIV 13
Pencil on white wove paper, 95 x 155 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘13’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCXIV – 13’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned horizontally, the subject is limited to an isolated study of a cluster of sails, perhaps belonging to two or more boats. They were likely observed in Folkestone Harbour, as tentatively suggested by Finberg;1 they may relate to those in one of the sketches on folio 12 verso opposite (D18864), and there are more boats on the verso (D18866). For Turner’s numerous other Folkestone views in this sketchbook and elsewhere, see under folio 8 recto (D18855), and see the book’s Introduction for discussion of its many shipping studies.

Matthew Imms
September 2020

See Finberg 1909, II, p,651.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Boats under Sail 1825 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2020, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2023, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-boats-under-sail-r1202217, accessed 26 May 2024.