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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Waterfront at Southampton, with God's House Gate and Tower 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 10 Verso:
The Waterfront at Southampton, with God’s House Gate and Tower 1827
D20611
Turner Bequest CCXXVI 10a
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 192 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
While this is the only drawing made at Southampton in the present book, there are more in the contemporary Cowes Regatta sketchbook including a smaller view of the same buildings (Tate D18108; Turner Bequest CCVII 61a). God’s House Gate, with its shallow triangular roof, and the massive, buttressed God’s House Tower (now a museum) are seen from the south-west near the Town Quay at the south-east corner of Southampton’s medieval walls; the twin gables on the left also appear in the other drawing, but do not survive.
The slight sketches on folio 11 recto opposite (D20612; Turner Bequest CCXXVI 10b) were probably made in the vicinity.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘The Waterfront at Southampton, with God’s House Gate and Tower 1827 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2015, 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-the-waterfront-at-southampton-with-gods-house-gate-and-tower-r1183251, accessed 27 May 2024.