Catalogue entry

527. [N05514] Harbour with Town and Fortress c. 1830?

THE TATE GALLERY, LONDON (5514)

Canvas, 68 × 88 (172·5 × 223·5)

Coll. Turner Bequest 1856 (? 253, 1 unidentified 7'4 1/2" × 5'8 1/2"); transferred to the Tate Gallery 1947.

Exh. Edinburgh 1968 (20).

Lit. Davies 1946, p. 164; Wilton 1979, p. 224.

This large unfinished harbour scene seems to continue the theme of Harbour of Dieppe (Changement de Domicile) and Cologne, the Arrival of a Packet Boat. Evening, exhibited in 1825 and 1826 respectively (Nos. 231 and 232). The similarity to these works, which are of exactly the same size, is an argument for dating the Tate Gallery picture rather earlier than has hitherto been thought likely, c. 1830 rather than the later 1830s.

Published in:
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984