Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Sailing Ship at Portsmouth

1844

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 × 116 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35725
Turner Bequest CCCLXII 22

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this very slight sketch apparently shows a three-masted vessel from the starboard side, with its bowsprit rising to the right. Like the other rapid sketches in this book it 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.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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