Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sailing Boats; ?Buildings at Portsmouth

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 × 116 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35722
Turner Bequest CCCLXII 20 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, on the right is apparently a quick study of a sailing boat or boats. The other way up towards the top left is a continuation of the rough skyline on folio 21 recto opposite (D35723), probably showing Portsmouth; see the sketchbook’s Introduction for other views.
Like the other rapid sketches in this book these presumably relate 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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