Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Harbour at ?Ghent


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 118 × 78 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCX 91

Catalogue entry

Here Turner depicts a scene at a small harbour, with a sail boat in the foreground, buildings in the middle distance, and carriages at left. The artist makes a note of a ‘Dog’ in the immediate foreground, sitting on the quayside. It may be that Turner depicts Ghent here, given that the view on this leaf’s verso (Tate D18474; Turner Bequest CCX 91a) depicts part of that Flemish city’s profile.
This sheet, and its verso, Tate D18474; Turner Bequest CCX 91a, was originally catalogued and bound by Finberg in the Brighton and Arundel sketchbook of around 1824 (Turner Bequest CCX). The book was then reorganised and rebound at some point after 1909, and this leaf was placed in its current position into the present sketchbook (see the Technical notes section in the sketchbook Introduction).

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

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