HMS Minotaur (built 1793)
Her History, Her Officers, and Her Crew

"The Wreck of the Minotaur" by J.M.W. Turner

"The Wreck of the Minotaur" from the picture by J.M.W. Turner, R.A., in the possession of Lord Yarborough

This print was issued as an extra supplement to the Illustrated London News, Feb. 24, 1883.  Turner's painting is now better known as "The Wreck of a Transport Ship" and is owned by  the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon. The painting was completed around 1810 when the Minotaur's wreck was headline news and feelings were probably running high as a result of the Dutch failing to mount any rescue attempt.  However, earlier sketches for the painting date from around 1805, so the Minotaur cannot have been the original inspiration for the composition. Apparently titles of paintings were changed quite frequently.


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