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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Top of a Mast, with Ropes c.1800-7

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Verso:
Top of a Mast, with Ropes circa 1800–7
Turner Bequest LXXXIV 6a
Pencil on white wove paper, 119 x 73 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘6a’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXXXIV 6a’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Another mast, with flying pennant, appears on folio 13 verso of this sketchbook (D05182). Folio 6 verso (D05175) has a sketch of a barge and folio 14 verso (D05186) one of the bow of a boat. It is not known when or where these were done, but the most likely location would be the Thames near Somerset House where Turner attended the Academy Life Class.

David Blayney Brown
November 2004

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Top of a Mast, with Ropes c.1800–7 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2004, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-top-of-a-mast-with-ropes-r1178350, accessed 27 May 2022.