Joseph Mallord William TurnerMen-of-War Entering Portsmouth Harbour 1807

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Men-of-War Entering Portsmouth Harbour
From Spithead Sketchbook
Turner Bequest C
Date 1807
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 118 x 187 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest C 6
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 7 Recto:
Men-of-War Entering Portsmouth Harbour 1807
Turner Bequest C 6
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 118 x 187 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘6’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘C 6’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With folio 4 (D06520) Finberg compared this to Turner’s Spithead: Boat’s Crew Recovering an Anchor (Tate N00481),1 for which see the Introduction to the sketchbook. In fact there seems no very close connection beyond the positioning of a ship in the left distance and the motif of a cutter or yacht crossing a larger ship at centre right.
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).

David Blayney Brown
May 2006

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