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 31 Verso:
Yachts under Sail 1827
Turner Bequest CCVII 31a
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 foot is a scene of yachts at sea with clouds above. At the top are two extremely rapid studies of similar craft. These swiftly rendered sail shapes are comparable with those in the oil Sketch for ‘East Cowes Castle, the Regatta Beating to Windward’ No.1, of 1827 (Tate N01995).1 For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.160 no.260, pl.265 (colour).

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Yachts under Sail 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-r1183537, accessed 18 August 2019.