Joseph Mallord William TurnerPortsmouth c.1824-5

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Date c.1824-5
MediumWatercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 160 x 240 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCVIII S
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About 1824-5 Turner, with the engraver Thomas Lupton, planned a series of mezzotint plates of English coastal towns. These were provisionally called 'Harbours of England' and subsequently issued as 'Ports' in 1826. Turner produced 14 of 24 proposed subjects. Important coastal towns are observed from the sea, and the emphasis is always on the marine elements, exemplified here by the man-of-war from the naval docks, saluted by a waving sailor.

August 2004

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