Joseph Mallord William Turner

Men-of-War and Smaller Boats in Portsmouth Harbour

1807

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06549
Turner Bequest C 30

Catalogue entry

Here, ships probably including prizes from the Danish fleet seized by the British at Copenhagen
seem to have entered Portsmouth Harbour and are surrounded by smaller boats that have set out to greet them. See Introduction to the sketchbook for the historical background. There is a very slight extension of this subject on folio 30 verso (D40612).
Verso:
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David Blayney Brown
May 2006

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