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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Yachts under Sail; ?a Coastal Ruin 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 32 Verso:
Yachts under Sail; ?a Coastal Ruin 1827
Turner Bequest CCVII 32a
Pencil on white wove paper, 100 x 74 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned vertically, At the top, yachts are shown at speed; compare the central craft with those on the left of the painting East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq.; the Regatta Beating to Windward, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1828 (Indianapolis Museum of Art).1 For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.
Across the middle of the page is a slight view of what may be a ruin on the coast, or possibly the wrecked hull of a ship. The thin strip of landscape at the gutter appears to be a slight continuation from folio 33 recto opposite (D18052).

Matthew Imms
December 2014

Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.150 no.242, pl.246 (colour).

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Yachts under Sail; ?a Coastal Ruin 1827 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, November 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-yachts-under-sail-a-coastal-ruin-r1183539, accessed 02 April 2020.