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JMW Turner 1775-1851
The Disembarkation of Louis-Philippe at Portsmouth, 8 October 1844 c.1844-5
Oil paint on canvas
Tate. Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
N04660
Turner visited Portsmouth to record the arrival of the French king, who was on a State Visit. He made numerous sketches of the event and also painted two unfinished oils: one showing the king’s arrival, the other his disembarkation. Both are principally concerned with the atmosphere of the occasion, concentrating on the crowd of onlookers. Turner had met Louis-Philippe when the king was living in exile at Twickenham in the 1810s. Contact between them was renewed in the mid-1830s and he was invited to dine with him at his château at Eu in 1845.

September 2014

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