Joseph Mallord William Turner

Gosport and Portsmouth, Hampshire

?1832

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23572
Turner Bequest CCLII 28

Catalogue entry

Turner filled much of this page with multiple panoramas of distant coastal terrain with harbour buildings and shipping; the sketches on the bottom half are inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated. The sketched passages towards the top and bottom left-hand corners of the page continue over onto folio 27 verso opposite (D23571; Turner Bequest CCLII 27a). The two drawings along the bottom of the page depict the harbour mouth at Gosport and Portsmouth, presumably sketched as Turner’s Southampton ferry proceeded through the Solent. Portsmouth is recognisable by the distinctive domed tower of its cathedral, which occurs twice in the lower left-hand quadrant of the page.

John Chu
April 2014

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