Joseph Mallord William Turner

Waterfront Buildings at Portsmouth

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: 116 x 74 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35693
Turner Bequest CCCLXII 5 a

Catalogue entry

Like the other rapid sketches in this book, 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 the sketchbook and the overall section. With the page turned vertically, the upper drawing appears to be a view of the Portsmouth skyline looking eastwards from the harbour, while waterfront buildings are shown in selective detail below.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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