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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Ships at Anchor 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Verso:
Ships at Anchor 1827
Turner Bequest CCVII 5a
Pencil on white wove paper, 74 x 100 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The criss-crossed masts and yards of this slight study of two or three vessels at anchor, possibly with a wooded shore beyond, are loosely comparable with those seen in the oil Sketch for ‘East Cowes Castle, the Regatta Starting for Their Moorings’ No.1, of 1827 (Tate N01998).1 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

Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.160–1 no.263, pl.268 (colour).

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Ships at Anchor 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-r1183487, accessed 20 May 2024.