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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Sailboat after 1825

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Sailboat after 1825
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 226
Gouache and watercolour on white wove paper, 190 x 273 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘226’
Inscribed in pencil ‘CCCXIII’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCXIII – 226’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of a large number of sketches on loose sheets of paper depicting coastal terrain and seagoing vessels in various combinations. For the grouping and dating of these works to the middle and later periods of Turner’s career, see the section introduction. This sheet was cut from a much larger sheet, some of the other sections of which Turner specialist Eric Shanes has located in the Turner Bequest.1 These are: Tate D25346, D25347, D25395 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 224, 225, 272). Each section bears a different fragment of the watermark reading ‘T EDMONDS’, ‘1825’, and ‘NOT BLEACHED’. To these four sheets, paper expert Peter Bower added Tate D25396–D25398 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 273–275).2
Eric Shanes, Turner’s Watercolour Explorations 1810–1842, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.40.
Peter Bower, Turner’s Later Papers: A Study of the Manufacture, Selection and Use of his Drawing Papers 1820–1851, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.85
Pencil note reading ‘AB218PO’.

John Chu
June 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Sailboat after 1825 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2015, 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-sailboat-r1182796, accessed 25 June 2021.