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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Ships at Anchor and Small Sailing Boats 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 13 Verso:
Ships at Anchor and Small Sailing Boats 1827
D18014
Turner Bequest CCVII 13a
Pencil on white wove paper, 74 x 100 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
There are two very slight, schematic registers here of large ships at anchor, some with sails furled and others with only the verticals of their masts indicated. The triangular sails of smaller craft passing them provide a basic sense of scale. There is no indication of a setting, but the vessels were probably observed at Cowes or along the adjacent coast of the mainland. For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Ships at Anchor and Small Sailing Boats 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-at-anchor-and-small-sailing-boats-r1183502, accessed 28 January 2022.