Joseph Mallord William TurnerThe Disembarkation of Louis-Philippe at Portsmouth, 8 October 1844 c.1844-5

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Title
The Disembarkation of Louis-Philippe at Portsmouth, 8 October 1844
Date c.1844-5
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 902 x 1206 mm frame: 1280 x 1585 x 90 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N02068
Not on display

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This unfinished work seems to show a Venetian scene involving clusters of gondolas and other boats. The canvas is of one of Turner's standard exhibition sizes in use for most of his career. However, this painting seems to date from the mid-1840s, by which time he was experimenting with different formats for his exhibited Venetian subjects. This new preference may account for his having abandoned the picture.

August 2004

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