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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Sailing Vessels c.1799-1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 29 Recto:
Sailing Vessels c.1799–1802
Turner Bequest LXIX 29
Ink on blue laid paper, 135 x 210 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘29’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘LXIX-29’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As Finberg suggests,1 this study, made with the page turned horizontally, is related to the genesis of the Ships Bearing Up for Anchorage (‘The Egremont Seapiece’) of 1802 (Tate T03868, on display at Petworth House, Sussex).2 The series of sketches beginning on this page and running to folios 32 recto (D04026), 40 verso–41 recto (D04043–D04044), and 90 recto (D04105; Turner Bequest LXIX 91) are all associated by Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll with the same picture, though as they point out the connection is clearer in some cases than in others.
See Finberg 1909, I, p.171.
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.17 no.18, pl.14 (colour).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Sailing Vessels c.1799–1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-sailing-vessels-r1177901, accessed 23 January 2022.