Joseph Mallord William Turner

Portsmouth; Preparatory Study

c.1823–4

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 165 x 249 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17758
Turner Bequest CCIII A

Display caption

While the 'Rivers of England' was still in production, the engraver Thomas Lupton and Turner embarked on a similar series of mezzotints initially referred to as the 'Harbours of England', but termed the 'Ports of England' when published. Turner completed fourteen watercolours of what should have been a group of twenty-four and only three parts of the publication were issued. The work achieved a kind of completion in 1856 when all the watercolours associated with the project were finally engraved by Lupton and published accompanied by a text by John Ruskin. There are preparatory studies for several of the watercolours, such as that of Portsmouth.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

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