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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Moored Sailing Boats, Flying Flags off a Wooded Shore 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 43 Recto:
Moored Sailing Boats, Flying Flags off a Wooded Shore 1827
D18072
Turner Bequest CCVII 43
Pencil on white wove paper, 74 x 100 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘2’ on pennant top centre, and ‘[?M...] Sky’ centre right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘43’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCVII – 43’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Among the boats moored here off a wooded shore are two flying flags or pennants, one with a banded horizontal design and the other apparently numbered ‘2’. They may be markers on a racing course. Turner’s note to the right is perhaps shorthand for a ‘mackerel sky’ of high clouds like the one he noted in full on folio 39 verso (D18065). For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.
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Matthew Imms
December 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Moored Sailing Boats, Flying Flags off a Wooded Shore 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-moored-sailing-boats-flying-flags-off-a-wooded-shore-r1183560, accessed 20 January 2022.