Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Arrival of Louis-Philippe: ?The Waterfront of Portsmouth Harbour with Figures and Bunting

1844

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 241 x 315 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35952
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 109

Catalogue entry

Like the other works grouped here, this relates to the arrival of Louis-Philippe, King of the French, at Portsmouth Harbour on 8 October 1844, as discussed in the Introductions to this subsection and the overall section.1 Here, the extensive washes of pale brown with a distant strip of speckled blue makes the boundaries of the shore and water rather indeterminate. The marks at the lower right appear to indicate figures, while bunting flies from the masts at the left; see the subsections Introduction for other examples.2
1
See also Upstone 1993, p.52, Warrell 2013, p.9, and Smiles 2014, p.168.
2
See also Brown 1987, p.20.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed in ink ‘11’ bottom left, upside down (for other sheets numbered in this way see the Introduction to this subsection); inscribed in pencil ‘ccclxiv’ bottom right; stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram over ‘CCCLXIV – 109’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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