Joseph Mallord William Turner

Shipping in Portsmouth Harbour

?1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 160 × 100160 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17933
Turner Bequest CCVI 11

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, there are five bands of rapid studies of warships and hulks moored in Portsmouth Harbour. In the second the Square Tower semaphore station is shown towards the right. This is one of a continuous series of views around Portsmouth between folios 1 recto and 20 recto (D17913–D17951); many appear to have been made from a boat; for the overall sequence and details of the most prominent buildings and defences, see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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