Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Waterfront at Southampton, with God’s House Gate and Tower

1827

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 x 192 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20611
Turner Bequest CCXXVI 10 a

Catalogue entry

While this is the only drawing made at Southampton in the present book, there are more in the contemporary Cowes Regatta sketchbook including a smaller view of the same buildings (Tate D18108; Turner Bequest CCVII 61a). God’s House Gate, with its shallow triangular roof, and the massive, buttressed God’s House Tower (now a museum) are seen from the south-west near the Town Quay at the south-east corner of Southampton’s medieval walls; the twin gables on the left also appear in the other drawing, but do not survive.
The slight sketches on folio 11 recto opposite (D20612; Turner Bequest CCXXVI 10b) were probably made in the vicinity.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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