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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Man-of-War with Sails Set c.1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Verso:
Man-of-War with Sails Set circa 1805
Turner Bequest LXXXVII 32
Pencil on cream laid paper, 118 x 185 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘French Beam. Broad Deck ports | open head and stern alike’ bottom right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘32’ top right, inverted
Stamped in black ‘LXXXVII 32’ top right, inverted
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Along with his inscription, Turner has added a small pencil sketch of the deck of the ship seen as if from above, to indicate her wide beam. See note to folio 10 of this sketchbook (D05404; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 29) and folio 12 (D05400; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 25) for a ‘French Frig[ate]’; also folio 28 (D05420; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 45) for another ‘FF [?French frigate]. Turner may have seen captured French ships on the Thames.

David Blayney Brown
December 2005

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Man-of-War with Sails Set c.1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2005, 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-man-of-war-with-sails-set-r1139173, accessed 20 October 2019.