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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Nore Lightship c.1805-9

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 62 Verso:
The Nore Lightship circa 1805–9
Turner Bequest XCIX 58a
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 115 x 190 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Nore Light’ centre, below image
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. The Nore lightship was the first in the world, originally moored in 1732 by the treacherous Nore sandbank, at the mouth of the Thames Estuary, between Shoebury Ness in Essex and Sheerness and the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. A sloop, with a lantern hung at each end of the yard-arm, the lightship had been taken over by Trinity House in 1793; the vessel was replaced in 1845.

David Blayney Brown
March 2009

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘The Nore Lightship c.1805–9 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2009, 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-nore-lightship-r1130654, accessed 28 January 2022.