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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Waterfront Buildings at Portsmouth 1844

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Verso:
Waterfront Buildings at Portsmouth 1844
Turner Bequest CCCLXII 5a
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 74 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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. With the page turned vertically, the upper drawing appears to be a view of the Portsmouth skyline looking eastwards from the harbour, while waterfront buildings are shown in selective detail below.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Waterfront Buildings at Portsmouth 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-waterfront-buildings-at-portsmouth-r1185642, accessed 22 May 2019.