Turner, J.M.W. (1775-1851), ‘Ship in a Storm’, Mezzotint on steel, c. 1820

‘Ship in a Storm’, Mezzotint on steel, c. 1820

Price on application.
Trimmed to the image and laid onto a thick wove paper which is, in turn, laid onto thicker board. In original condition, with a pale time stain, and bearing the Rawlinson collection blind-stamp. Inscribed in pencil, verso ‘TEMPEST’ ‘803’.

Another impression of this print exists, in this state, in Tate Gallery as well as a preliminary watercolour with a rough outline of the ship, in pencil. Turner uses the vortex as an effect in various significant works.


Rawlinson records the following impressions:

Trial proof (a) (As offered, above) Early, unfinished. Masts and rigging of ship only faintly visable.
Rawlinson collection (from Stokes and Gambier Parry colls.): Tate Gallery, London (transferred from British Museum 1990).

Trial proof (b) Ship more made out; masts, sails etc., more distinct. No lightening. B.M.

The plate donated to the British Museum. by Colnaghi in 1942



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Image Size 14.9x 21.3 cm
Sheet Size 30.6 x 39.6 cm
Provenance W.G Rawlinson
Sir Stephen Courtauld
Reference Rawlinson 799, Trial proof (a).

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