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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Lord Mayor's Barge and Shallop 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 20 Recto:
The Lord Mayor’s Barge and Shallop 1805
Turner Bequest XC 20
Pen and ink on off-white wove paper, prepared with a grey wash, 150 x 258 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘20’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XC 20’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Presumably sketched during some official visit to Richmond or Kew, these vessels dovetail with the triremes and similar ancient shipping and classical embarkation and departure scenes also drawn in this sketchbook. Wilkinson describes them as ‘beautifully limned’ and as adding ‘the right note of pageantry’.

David Blayney Brown
August 2007

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘The Lord Mayor’s Barge and Shallop 1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2007, 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-lord-mayors-barge-and-shallop-r1129829, accessed 29 January 2022.