Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Sailing Boats at Portsmouth

1844

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 × 116 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35707
Turner Bequest CCCLXII 12 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this slight and somewhat jumbled drawing suggests sailing boats, perhaps with larger vessels off to the right. Like the other rapid studies 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.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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