Joseph Mallord William Turner

Waterside Buildings in Portsmouth Harbour, Possibly at Gosport

1844

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 x 116 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35755
Turner Bequest CCCLXII 37

Catalogue entry

Drawn both ways up, these sketches appear to be views of waterfront buildings. Like the other rapid sketches in this book, they presumably relates to the arrival of Louis-Philippe, King of the French, at Portsmouth Harbour on 8 October 1844, as discussed in the Introductions to the sketchbook and the overall section. Ian Warrell has suggested that they show the Gosport side, where the King landed;1 little that Turner would have seen has survived there, but compare Edouard Pingret’s 1846 lithograph of Louis-Philippe’s Debarquement à Gosport.2

Matthew Imms
September 2016

1
See Warrell 2013, p.10.
2
See ibid., p.13 fig.6.

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