Joseph Mallord William Turner

On the River Medway at Chatham, with Upnor Castle and a Hulk

c.1821

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17447
Turner Bequest CXCIX 48

Catalogue entry

As identified by Finberg, here Turner makes two of a significant number of drawings of Chatham evident throughout the present sketchbook.1
Of the two drawings, the example closest to the top of the sheet is characterised by a distinctive outline of Upnor Castle at its centre. Surrounded by undulating topography, there is also a brief indication of further buildings on the hillside behind. At left, vessels float in the water. For a comprehensive list of drawings in this sketchbook which describe the Castle, see the entry for folio 87 verso (D17501).
The bottom half of the sheet is occupied with a sketch which presumably takes the opposite bank of the Medway as its subject. The topography demonstrates a gentle slope from left towards the right. Angular buildings line the riverbank at centre. At left, a hulk floats on the water. It is briefly elaborated by a trio of masts and a smattering of gun ports along the hull.
For more information about Turner’s sketches of Chatham, see the entry for folio 22 recto (D17402).
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.608.
Verso:
Blank

Maud Whatley
January 2016

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