Joseph Mallord William TurnerSouthampton: The Town Seen from the Water 1795

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Artist
Title
Southampton: The Town Seen from the Water
From Isle of Wight Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XXIV
Date 1795
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 263 x 204 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00418
Turner Bequest XXIV 12
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 12 Recto:
Southampton: The Town Seen from the Water 1795
D00418
Turner Bequest XXIV 12
Pencil on white wove paper, 152 x 204 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘12’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XXIV 12’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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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