Joseph Mallord William Turner

Boats in Portsmouth Harbour; Waterfront Buildings

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
D35739
Turner Bequest CCCLXII 29

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this slight study of shipping, like the other rapid sketches in this book, 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. The drawing appears to continue onto folio 30 recto opposite (Tate D35741). There is a separate sketch of waterfront buildings, made with the page turned vertically.
The blank recto is inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘29’ and stamped in black ‘CCCLXII – 29’ at the bottom right. For numerous instances of blank, unaccessioned rectos in this sketchbook, see the technical notes in the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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