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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Men-of-War at Anchor; Sun Setting 1807

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 19 Recto:
Men-of-War at Anchor; Sun Setting 1807
D06537
Turner Bequest C 18
Pen and ink on off-white wove paper, 118 x 187 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘18’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘C 18’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Presumably sketched in Portsmouth harbour or at Spithead, these ships may include prizes from the Danish fleet, seized by the British at Copenhagen; see Introduction to the sketchbook for the historical background. The sun appears low in the sky.
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David Blayney Brown
May 2006

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Men-of-War at Anchor; Sun Setting 1807 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2006, 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-men-of-war-at-anchor-sun-setting-r1139059, accessed 13 June 2024.