Portsmouth, Hampshire

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1824 possibly

LL 3783

About this object

'Portsmouth, Hampshire' and another in the collection, 'Minehead and Dunster Castle, Somerset' (LL 3782), were two of 40 watercolours made by Turner for the publication 'Picturesque Views of the Southern Coast of England'.

'Portsmouth, Hampshire' is different from others in the series, including 'Minehead', which look out to sea from the land. Turner has set the viewpoint very low here and placed the sailors at the viewer's eye level in the foreground. This gave him the opportunity to demonstrate his technical skill and ability to recreate the motion of the sea in watercolour.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:probably 23 April 1775, died:19 December 1851)
  • Date
    1824 possibly
  • Materials
    Gouache; Watercolour; Pape; Wove paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 15.4 cm x 23.5 cm
  • Physical description
    Portsmouth is seen from the sea. In the foreground two rowing boats full of men and a buoy are tossed in the waves. There are sailing ships in the distance to the right and to the left. The sea is choppy.
  • Related people
    Agnew's Gallery (Previous owner); Charles Frederick Huth (Previous owner); William Hesketh Lever (Previous owner); James Orrock (Previous owner); Edward Rodgett (Previous owner); A Smith (Previous owner); Francis Stevenson (Previous owner); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker); James Vine (Previous owner); D White (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    Out of Use Accession Number: WHL 226
  • Credit line
    Purchased by William Hesketh Lever in 1907
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections

Explore related

Publications

  • British Watercolours and Drawings: Lord Leverhulme's Collection in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

    Jessica Feather

    Author: Jessica Feather
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press & National Museums Liverpool
    Date: 2010
    Description: Lord Leverhulme's Collection catalogue of Watercolours and Drawings in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

Ownership

Previous owners

  • William Hesketh Lever

    Owned from: 1907-02-22
    How acquired: Purchased from Agnews
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1907-02-22
    Disposal method: Sold to Lever on 22 Debruary 1907
  • A Smith

    Owned from: 1904-06-04
    How acquired: Purchased from Christie's on 4 June 1904, Lot 45
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • James Orrock

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1904-06-04
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 4 June 1904
  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Francis Stevenson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: 1897-07-06
    How acquired: Purchased from Christie's on 6 July 1897
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Probably sold to Francis Stevenson
  • Charles Frederick Huth

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1985-07-06
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 6 July 1895, Lot 59
  • Edward Rodgett

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • D White

    Owned from: 1838
    How acquired: Purchased from Christie's on 25 April 1838, Lot 491
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • James Vine

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1838
    Disposal method: Sold posthumously at Christie's on 25 April 1838

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: JMW Turner
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note: by a different hand
    Inscription location: Front; Lower left
Object view = Fine Art
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