Joseph Mallord William Turner

Boats in Portsmouth Harbour

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 x 116 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35691
Turner Bequest CCCLXII 4

Catalogue entry

Like the other rapid sketches in this book, this 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.
This slight sketch appears to show Portsmouth to the east from the harbour, with the cupola of the Cathedral. Compare for example more detailed drawings of the waterfront and skyline, perhaps from the summer of 1824, in the London Bridge and Portsmouth sketchbook (Tate D17944; Turner Bequest CCVI 16a). The boat-like forms immediately opposite on folio 3 verso (D35690) suggest that the two pages form a panoramic view.
Verso:
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Matthew Imms
September 2016

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