Joseph Mallord William Turner

Harbour Building, ?English Channel

?1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23561
Turner Bequest CCLII 22 a

Catalogue entry

Turner filled this page with a cursory sketch of a harbour scene. Framed on the left-hand side by a building constructed over a ground floor archway, the view gives way to a collection of substantial buildings which recede into the middle distance. The presence of ships’ masts in the midst of the scene is indicated by long vertical strokes at the centre of the page. As outlined in the Introduction to the sketchbook, Turner recorded views of several substantial ports in the English Channel in this volume, including Le Havre in Normandy, St Peter Port in Guernsey, and Southampton in Hampshire.

John Chu
April 2014

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