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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Starboard Bow and Stern of a Man-of-War 1807

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Recto:
Starboard Bow and Stern of a Man-of-War 1807
Turner Bequest C 1
Pen and ink on off-white wove paper, 118 x 187 mm
Inscribed by Turner in ink ‘yellow’ on bulwarks just below the rail, and ‘light yellow’ on hull between gun decks
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘1’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘C 1’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A quick sketch, annotated with paint colours, of a Danish ship seized at Copenhagen on 7 September 1807; see Introduction to the sketchbook for the historical background. The figurehead, an armorial shield surmounted by a crown, may be the same as appears on the ship on the right in Turner’s picture Spithead: Boat’s Crew Recovering an Anchor (Tate N00481),1 for which also see the Introduction.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.60–1 no.80 (pl.90).

David Blayney Brown
May 2006

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Starboard Bow and Stern of a Man-of-War 1807 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2006, 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-starboard-bow-and-stern-of-a-man-of-war-r1139038, accessed 13 June 2024.