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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View with Ships Sailing on a River c.1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
View with Ships Sailing on a River c.1824
D20340
Turner Bequest CCXXIV 47v
Pencil on blue wove paper, 126 x 190 mm
Inscribed in pencil ‘47’ top left, ascending vertically, and ‘53 | O’ bottom right
This sketch appears on the verso of D20339 (CCXXIV 47). Running along the midpoint of the sheet are a series of marks suggesting a horizon. The angular forms of these marks, particularly to the right, may represent sails, suggesting a river view.
For the grouping and dating of these works, see the section Introduction.
Technical notes:
The sheet has suffered water damage, likely a result of the 1928 Tate Gallery flood. This has discoloured the paper particularly on the verso side where an inscription in ink in the bottom right is now illegible.

Ben Pollitt
August 2019

How to cite

Ben Pollitt, ‘View with Ships Sailing on a River c.1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2019, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2023, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-view-with-ships-sailing-on-a-river-r1202097, accessed 23 April 2024.