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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Ships at Sea c.1799-1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 89 Recto:
Ships at Sea c.1799–1802
Turner Bequest LXIX 90
Pencil and white chalk on blue laid paper, 135 x 210 mm
Watermark: Strasburg lily (trimmed)
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘90’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘LXIX-90’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Drawn with the page turned horizontally, this is probably related, as Finberg suggests,1 to the Ships Bearing Up for Anchorage (‘The Egremont Seapiece’) of 1802 (Tate T03868, on display at Petworth House, Sussex);2 see also folio 90 recto (D04105; Turner Bequest LXIX 91), and the rectos of folios 29, 30, 31 and 32 (D04023–D04026).
See Finberg 1909, I, p.172.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.17 no.18, pl.14 (colour).
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘769’.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Ships at Sea 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-ships-at-sea-r1177982, accessed 04 March 2021.