Joseph Mallord William Turner

Men-of-War Entering Portsmouth Harbour

1807

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06520
Turner Bequest C 3

Catalogue entry

Finberg compared this to Turner’s ‘Picture of “Danish ships entering Portsmouth Harbour” in Turner’s studio, May, 1808’, by which he meant Spithead: Boat’s Crew Recovering an Anchor (Tate N00481),1 for which see the Introduction to the sketchbook. In fact there seems no particularly close connection beyond Turner’s general observation of Danish ships that had been seized at Copenhagen; see Introduction to the sketchbook for the historical background. The stern of the larger ship at centre, with a standard flying at her mizzen gaff, seems also to be the subject of a detail on folio 3 (D06519; Turner Bequest C 2).

David Blayney Brown
May 2006

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.60–1 no.80 (pl.90).

Read full Catalogue entry

You might like