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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Harbour Buildings, ?English Channel; Classical Arches ?1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 23 Recto:
Harbour Buildings, ?English Channel; Classical Arches ?1832
Turner Bequest CCLII 23
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 187 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘23’ top left, inverted
Stamped in black ‘CCLII – 23’ top left, inverted
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the drawing that fills the lower left-hand side of this page depicts a harbour scene. Coastal hills are glimpsed in the distance while a cluster of small quayside buildings appear beyond ships’ masts. The focus of the scene is upon a substantial gate or archway beyond the water. Two cursory drawings of classical arches are included on the right-hand side of the page. As outlined in the Introduction to the sketchbook, Turner recorded views of several substantial ports in the English Channel in this volume, including Le Havre in Normandy, St Peter Port in Guernsey, and Southampton in Hampshire.

John Chu
April 2014

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Harbour Buildings, ?English Channel; Classical Arches ?1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-harbour-buildings-english-channel-classical-arches-r1175054, accessed 09 December 2019.