Joseph Mallord William Turner

The ‘Gomer’ Arriving in Portsmouth Harbour, Attended by Sailing Boats

1844

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 × 116 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35716
Turner Bequest CCCLXII 17 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this drawing continues on folio 18 recto opposite (D35717). It shows the starboard side of the large hybrid sail-steamship Gomer, which carried Louis-Philippe, King of the French, into Portsmouth Harbour on 8 October 1844. The vessel was characterised by its high paddle wheel housing amidships, as Ian Warrell has noted, and ‘towered over those accompanying it’.1
There are many other rapid studies in this sketchbook relating to Louis-Philippe’s arrival, as discussed in the Introductions to the book and the overall section, including a similar study on folio 18 verso (D35718); for other views of the Gomer see under folio 1 verso (D35686).

Matthew Imms
September 2016

1
Warrell 2013, p.10.

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