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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Ships and Boats under Sail; Figures beneath the Bow of a Ship 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 12 Recto:
Ships and Boats under Sail; Figures beneath the Bow of a Ship 1827
D18011
Turner Bequest CCVII 12
Pencil on white wove paper, 74 x 100 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘12’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCVII – 12’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
At the top right is a study of a three-masted ship under full sail. It may be shown again at the bottom centre among smaller sailing boats. At the top left a separate sketch, made with the page turned vertically, shows a group of figures, perhaps in a small boat, off the starboard bow of a large vessel. For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.
Technical notes:
Part of the outer edge of the page appears to have been accidentally caught and folded back, forming a shallow crescent.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Ships and Boats under Sail; Figures beneath the Bow of a Ship 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-ships-and-boats-under-sail-figures-beneath-the-bow-of-a-ship-r1183499, accessed 28 January 2022.