From 9/20 through 9/23, visitors may only enter through the John R entrance. All other entrances, plus the museum grounds, Kirby St and Farnsworth St will be closed during this time for Concours d'Elegance.

The Leader Sea Piece, 1809

  • Charles Turner, English, 1773-1857
  • Charles Turner, English, 1773-1857
  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, English, 1775-1851

Etching and mezzotint printed in brown ink on wove paper

  • Image: 6 7/8 × 10 1/8 inches (17.5 × 25.7 cm) Sheet (trimmed within plate mark): 7 3/4 × 11 inches (19.7 × 27.9 cm)

Gift of Mrs. James E. Scripps


Inscribed, in plate, lower left: Drawn & Etched by J. M. W. Turner Esqr. R. A. P. P. Inscribed, lower center: Original Sketch of a Picture for W, Leader. Esqr. Inscribed, lower right: Engraved by Chas. Turner. Inscribed, upper center margin: M Inscribed, in pencil, upper right: 19

October 1883, (Wunderlich & Co., New York, New York, USA). Mrs. James E. Scripps (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

1909-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Joseph Mallord William Turner; Charles Turner, The Leader Sea Piece, 1809, etching and mezzotint printed in brown ink on wove paper. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mrs. James E. Scripps, 09.1S1158.