Joseph Mallord William Turner

Harbour Buildings, ?English Channel; Classical Arches

?1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23562
Turner Bequest CCLII 23

Catalogue entry

Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the drawing that fills the lower left-hand side of this page depicts a harbour scene. Coastal hills are glimpsed in the distance while a cluster of small quayside buildings appear beyond ships’ masts. The focus of the scene is upon a substantial gate or archway beyond the water. Two cursory drawings of classical arches are included on the right-hand side 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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