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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Southampton at Sunset; Shipping 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 65 Verso:
Southampton at Sunset; Shipping 1827
Turner Bequest CCVII 65a
Pencil on white wove paper, 74 x 100 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘2’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the main view continues across folio 66 opposite (D18117), where Southampton is seen to the north-west. The low arched structure below the trees on this page is perhaps a lime kiln on the eastern shore of Southampton Water, in the vicinity of where Weston Parade now runs; it is shown from the other direction on folio 67 recto (D18119). This is one of a sequence of views in the Southampton area; see under folio 58 verso (D18102).
Below to the right, and apparently drawn before the main view, is a study of moored warships with one or two passing yachts. The ‘2’ inscribed here is in sequence with similar numbered sketches on folios 64 verso and 66 verso (D18114, D18118). For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Southampton at Sunset; Shipping 1827 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-southampton-at-sunset-shipping-r1183604, accessed 16 January 2022.