Joseph Mallord William Turner

Shipping in Portsmouth Harbour

?1824

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 160 x 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17938
Turner Bequest CCVI 13 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, there are sketches in seven bands here, with warships and hulks and sailing boats in various combination with waterside buildings, presumably in Portsmouth Harbour. Towards the bottom may be the Square Tower semaphore station.
This is one of a continuous series of views around Portsmouth between folios 1 recto and 20 recto (D17913–D17951); many appear to have been made from a boat; for the overall sequence and details of the most prominent buildings and defences, see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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