Joseph Mallord William Turner

Shoreham Harbour, West Sussex


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 231 × 367 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 173

Display caption

Turner's 1826 tour seems to have begun at Shoreham, a few miles to the west of Brighton. This is the first of a number of loose sheets of paper with an Ivy Mill watermark that Turner used to supplement his sketchbooks during the early stages of his tour. In this instance he has folded the sheet in half and recorded the church of St Mary de Haura and the harbour at Shoreham on the outer sheet, continuing his observations of the jetties by the waterfront on the concealed inside segment.

Gallery label, September 2004

Does this text contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? We would like to hear from you.

Catalogue entry

These sketches belong to a group of views of the West Sussex town of Shoreham which Turner worked onto white ‘Ivy Mill’ watermarked paper as he embarked on his 1826 tour of Northern France.1 A list of these is provided in the Introduction to this section.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.23.
Technical Note:
The sheet is one quarter of a larger sheet folded into four. On the other three quadrants feature D34557–D34559 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV d 174; CCCXLIV d 175; CCCXLIV d 176).

John Chu
March 2016

Read full Catalogue entry

You might like

In the shop