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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Southampton, Hampshire ?1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 27 Verso:
Southampton, Hampshire ?1832
Turner Bequest CCLII 27a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 187 mm
Partial watermark ‘YMAN | 28’
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner filled this page with multiple panoramas of distant coastal terrain with harbour infrastructure and shipping; the sketches on the bottom half of the page are inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated. The port in the drawing second from the top is Southampton, identifiable by the distinctive pair of medieval spires belonging to the Churches of St Michael and St Mary. As outlined under the entry for folio 11 recto (D23541; Turner Bequest CCLII 11), the town recurs at different points throughout the volume. Southampton offered a regular steam packet service to the Channel Islands, whose towns and coastal regions are the subject of extensive study in this sketchbook.1

John Chu
April 2014

J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, St Peter Port 1826, p.47.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Southampton, Hampshire ?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-southampton-hampshire-r1175063, accessed 21 January 2022.