Joseph Mallord William Turner

Southampton at Sunset; the Shore of Southampton Water; Shipping


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 74 × 100 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCVII 66 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the two spires of Southampton are seen to the north-west towards sunset, with the sun low over them; the view continues a little on folio 67 recto opposite (D18119). Below is a sketch from the same viewpoint, on the eastern shore of Southampton Water in the vicinity of where Weston Parade now runs, but looking in the opposite direction; this also continues opposite, under which it is discussed further. Adjacent views show the sun low and its rays just after setting (see the recto and folio 64 recto respectively; D18117, D18113). This is one of a sequence of views in the Southampton area; see under folio 58 verso (D18102).
Below to the right, apparently drawn before the main view and separated from it by pencil lines, is a study of moored warships and passing yachts. The ‘1’ inscribed here is in sequence with similar numbered sketches on folios 64 verso and 65 verso (D18114, D18116). For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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