Joseph Mallord William Turner

Southampton; Figures by 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 67 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, there are two main subjects here. At the top Southampton is seen to the north-west beyond a beached sailing boat, with its characteristic two church spires shown on folio 68 recto opposite (D18121) where the view continues. Below is another double-page sketch, with a man and woman on a shore with a building beyond, presumably on the eastern bank of Southampton Water, as for sketches on previous pages. This is one of a sequence of views in the Southampton area; see under folio 58 verso (D18102).
At the bottom right, the other way up, is a rapid sketch of a yacht passing moored ships. 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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