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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Yachts under Sail 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 1 Recto:
Yachts under Sail 1827
Turner Bequest CCXXVI 1
Pencil on white wove paper, 192 x 112 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCXXVI – 1’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned vertically, towards the outer edge Turner has made two swift sketches of yachts under sail, juxtaposed and possibly racing, with loose indications of the horizon and low coastal features. Below is a study of a separate craft in isolation, and towards the bottom two further craft, the further one partly masking what may be a moored warship, very lightly indicated by the verticals of its masts.
Compare the front paste-down opposite (D41015). For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Yachts under Sail 1827 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2015, 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-r1183236, accessed 17 June 2024.