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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Two Sailing Ships 1825

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 80 Recto:
Two Sailing Ships 1825
Turner Bequest CCXIII 80
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 187 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘80’ top left, upside down (now very faint)
Stamped in black ‘CCXIII – 80’ top left, upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the two sailing ships seen in isolation here were perhaps observed in the Pool of London, down-river of Old London Bridge on the Thames. Sketches on adjacent pages relate to the foundation stone ceremony for the bridge’s replacement on 15 June 1825.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Two Sailing Ships 1825 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-two-sailing-ships-r1172943, accessed 20 September 2021.