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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Ships 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 104 Recto:
Ships 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXXVII 104
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 104 x 163 mm
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘104’ top right running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXVII 104’ top right running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This slight sketch depicts several sailing boats with low hills in the background. Two of the boats at the left appear to be at anchor as their sails are down, though the boat at the right is at sail. The sketch was presumably made on the same occasion as the drawing of a boat being loaded by a crane on folio 103 verso (D27171).

Thomas Ardill
May 2010

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Ships 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-ships-r1135538, accessed 03 December 2020.