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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The 'Victory': Port Side 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 18 Recto:
The ‘Victory’: Port Side 1805
Turner Bequest LXXXIX 30
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 184 mm
Stamped in black ‘LXXXIX 30’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Of the two port-side views of the Victory in this sketchbook – the other being folio 17 (D05487; Turner Bequest LXXXIX 29) – this is the most likely to have been used for Turner’s picture The Victory Returning from Trafalgar, possibly shown at Turner’s Gallery in 1806 (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut);1 see Introduction to the sketchbook for a discussion of the picture. The starboard view on folio 16 verso (D05486; Turner Bequest LXXXIX 28a) and the cloudy sky on folio 17 verso (D05488) are also likely to have contributed to the picture.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.46–7 no.59 (pl.69).

David Blayney Brown
March 2006

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘The ‘Victory’: Port Side 1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 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-victory-port-side-r1139267, accessed 21 June 2024.