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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Yachts on Southampton Water; Views of Netley Abbey 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 62 Verso:
Yachts on Southampton Water; Views of Netley Abbey 1827
Turner Bequest CCVII 62a
Pencil on white wove paper, 74 x 100 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The horizon line between the two yachts appears to form a continuous composition with them, showing the church spires of Southampton in the distance to the north-west up Southampton Water. The coastal profile above may show Calshot Castle (see under folio 60 verso; D18106). At the top and bottom are slight studies of the ruins of Netley Abbey, seen from the south on the eastern bank about three miles downstream of Southampton; the site is now in the care of English Heritage.1 Turner made detailed studies there in the 1795 Isle of Wight sketchbook (Tate D00429, D00430; Turner Bequest XXIV 22, 23) and in the later Guernsey sketchbook (see Tate D23577–D23589; Turner Bequest CCLII 30a–36a); see also folio 63 recto opposite (D18111).
This is one of a sequence of views in the Southampton area; see under folio 58 verso (D18102).

Matthew Imms
December 2014

See ‘Netley Abbey’, English Heritage, accessed 15 December 2014, http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/netley-abbey/.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Yachts on Southampton Water; Views of Netley Abbey 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-yachts-on-southampton-water-views-of-netley-abbey-r1183598, accessed 04 December 2021.