J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Classical Harbour Scene with Shipping off a Tower c.1830-45

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Classical Harbour Scene with Shipping off a Tower c.1830–45
D34936
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 437
Ink on off-white card, 38 x 77 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘437’ bottom right, the last digit overwriting ‘4’ (smudged)
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of ten small drawings on nine printed visiting cards or blanks (Tate D34929–D34939; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 431–439), all apart from D34929 being rapid permutations of the classical architectural and seaport motifs of Claude Lorrain, a consistent influence on Turner (see the Introduction to this subsection). For general comments and dating, see under D34929.
The verso, bearing only the printed text of another artist’s visiting card, is Tate D34937 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 437v).

Matthew Imms
August 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Classical Harbour Scene with Shipping off a Tower c.1830–45 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2016, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-classical-harbour-scene-with-shipping-off-a-tower-r1185740, accessed 23 January 2021.