Joseph Mallord William Turner

Portsmouth

c.1824–5

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 160 x 240 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18152
Turner Bequest CCVIII S

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

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