Joseph Mallord William Turner

Southampton: The Town Seen from the Water

1795

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 263 x 204 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00418
Turner Bequest XXIV 12

Catalogue entry

This view of the town was presumably taken as Turner crossed from Southampton to the Isle of Wight, sailing down Southampton Water. The two spires are those of the churches of St Michael and St Mary, both early medieval foundations whose fabric had been renewed and replaced often by Turner’s time (both were completely rebuilt in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries).
Technical notes:
The lower half of the page had been cut away by Finberg’s time; the sketchbook’s intact pages measure 264 x 204 mm.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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