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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Figures with Oars or Masts Beyond 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Verso:
Figures with Oars or Masts Beyond 1827
Turner Bequest CCVII 9a
Pencil on white wove paper, 100 x 74 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned vertically, Turner has quickly sketched the heads of two figures framed by tall vertical marks which Finberg identified as ‘masts beyond’,1 but the central figure appears to be shown grasping one, which may be oars tossed to the vertical, suggesting a rowing party arriving or departing; compare folios 20 verso–21 recto and 47 verso (D18027–D18028, D18080). The feature to the left is rather indeterminate, but it is possibly part of the oarsmen’s boat or its equipment. 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

Finberg 1909, I, p.626.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Figures with Oars or Masts 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-figures-with-oars-or-masts-beyond-r1183494, accessed 18 May 2024.