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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Deck of a Sinking Ship c.1806

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 16 Verso:
The Deck of a Sinking Ship circa 1806
Turner Bequest LXXXVII 22
Pen and ink on cream laid paper, 118 x 185 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘22’ top right, inverted
Stamped in black ‘LXXXVII 22’ top right, inverted
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. Although Finberg implies otherwise, the sketch has no direct connection with Turner’s picture The Shipwreck (Tate N00476),1 for which see Introduction to the sketchbook.

David Blayney Brown
January 2006

Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.43 no.54 (pl. 64).

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘The Deck of a Sinking Ship c.1806 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 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-the-deck-of-a-sinking-ship-r1139181, accessed 24 September 2021.