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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Shipping c.1822-3

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 21 Recto
?Shipping c.1822–3
Turner Bequest CCII 21
Watercolour on paper, 178 x 257 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘21’ bottom right
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCII–21’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This rough sketch appears to depict, at least in part, local shipping. The summary outline of a brig can be seen at the extreme right; the frontal profile of its bow and sails are represented. The remainder of the drawing is almost indecipherable, perhaps representing other details of shipping or buildings. The palette is striking; comprised of grey, pale maroon and brilliant red applied with swift and vigorous handling.
Technical notes:
There is some offsetting of red pigment onto the folio opposite.

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘?Shipping c.1822–3 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-shipping-r1148310, accessed 20 May 2024.