Turner, Joseph Mallord William; draughtsman; British artist, 1775-1851
circa 1824 1830
paper; support; blue
watercolour and bodycolour on blue paper
height, 185, mm
width, 245, mm
given; 1861; Ruskin, John
This appears to be one of a group of eleven designs and associated drawings conceived as a series of 'Picturesque Views on the East Coast of England'. The series may have been intended as a sequel to the 'Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England' (1814-26), although no such series was ever published. This watercolour seems likely to have been painted around 1830. The scene depicts, on the right, the first Nelson Column to be erected in England, in 1817-19, designed by the architect William Wilkins. The sailors on the sand below are shown explaining the position of Nelson’s fleet at the four key victories commemorated on the column: Cape St Vincent, Aboukir (The Nile), Copenhagen and Trafalgar. Ruskin described this as a, ‘Drawing of the middle time in bodycolour. Highest possible quality’. (Text from the 'Ruskin's Turners' Exhibition Website).
; verso; graphite; NELSON'S COL (....) Yar...
Ruskin, John. Cook, E.T.. Wedderburn, Alexander. Works.p. 558
Cormack, Malcolm. 1975. J.M.W. Turner, R.A. 1775-1851; a catalogue of Drawings and Watercolours in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. 49-50
cat. no. 22, pl. 22 (black and white)
Wilton, Andrew. 1979. The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner.London?:
no. 904 as 'c. 1830'
Thornbury, Walter. 1876. The Life of J.M.W Turner, R.A. (Thornbury).London?: p. 593
where picture is called 'Sailors illustrating Trafalgar by models of the ships' and describes as unpublished
Object Number: 576
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 13945; input: 2000-10-09; modified: 2010-03-25)