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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Ship at the Entrance to Portsmouth Harbour 1844

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 32 Verso:
A Ship at the Entrance to Portsmouth Harbour 1844
Turner Bequest CCCLXII 32
Pencil on white wove paper, 74 x 116 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, 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. A vessel is seen from the bows or stern, apparently between the fortifications on each side of the harbour’s entrance. There is possibly a continuation to the left on folio 33 recto opposite (D35747).
The blank recto is inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘32’ and stamped in black ‘CCCLXII – 32’ at the bottom right. For numerous instances of blank, unaccessioned rectos in this sketchbook, see the technical notes in the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Ship at the Entrance to Portsmouth Harbour 1844 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 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-ship-at-the-entrance-to-portsmouth-harbour-r1185681, accessed 23 May 2019.