Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views of Portsmouth Harbour

c.1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 75 x 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18311
Turner Bequest CCX 1

Catalogue entry

These cursory sketches most likely depict Portsmouth Harbour and its network of fortifications. A ship can be seen navigating the waters in the foreground, perhaps between Portsea Island and Gosport. Portsmouth is shown on Tate D41237, D18312; Turner Bequest CCX 1a, and elsewhere on Tate D17918, D17922, D17932–D17935, D17944, D17946, D20768; Turner Bequest CCVI 3a, 52, 10a–12, 16a, 17a, CCXXVII 23. See also the designs for the Southern Coast series and the Ports of England series (Tate D18152, Tate impressions T04833 and T04419).

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2015

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