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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Joseph Mallord William Turner, British (London, England 1775 - 1851 Chelsea, England)
Devonport and Dockyard, Devonshire
Other Titles
Former Title: Dock Yard, Devonport, Ships being Paid Off
Work Type
c. 1825-1829
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Physical Descriptions

Transparent and opaque watercolor, with scratchwork, on cream wove paper
29.8 x 44 cm (11 3/4 x 17 5/16 in.)
frame: 48.3 × 61.6 × 2.5 cm (19 × 24 1/4 × 1 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Thomas Griffiths, Esq., Norwood, by 1833. [1] John Ruskin, Brantwood, by 1878, by descent; to Joan Severn (née Agnew), his second cousin, 1900. [Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd., London]. Charles Fairfax Murray, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1903.

[1] Griffiths is listed as the owner in 1833

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Charles Fairfax Murray in honor of W. J. Stillman
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • A Descriptive Catalogue of Drawings by J. M. W. Turner, R. A., Expressly Made for His Work, Now in Course of Publication, of Views in England and Wales; and Also for Sir Walter Scott's Poetical Works, exh. cat., Moon, Boys, and Graves (London, 1833), p. 6, cat. no. 7
  • Notes by John Ruskin on His Drawings by J. M. W. Turner, R.A., The Fine Art Society (London, 1900), pp. 36-37, cat. no. 30
  • Arthur Pope, Catalogue of Ruskin Exhibition in Memory of Charles Eliot Norton, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1909), no. 60
  • An Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings, and Prints by J. M. W. Turner, John Constable, R. P. Bonington, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, 1946), p. 16, cat. no. 30
  • An Exhibition of Paintings by J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851) to Commemorate the Centennial of His Death, exh. cat., Art Gallery of Toronto and National Gallery of Canada (Toronto, 1950), p. 11, cat. no. 46
  • Gail S. Weinberg, Drawings of John Ruskin (1819 - 1900), exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1979), no. 5
  • Andrew Wilton, J. M. W. Turner, His Art and Life, Rizzoli (New York, NY, 1979), no. 813, repr.
  • Dr. Isabel Stuebe, Through English Eyes: The Geography of Romanticism in British Watercolors, 1760-1860, exh. cat., The Katonah Gallery (Katonah, NY, 1979), pp. 12-13, 19, cat. no. 17, repr. p. 12
  • Eric Shanes, Turner's Picturesque Views in England and Wales, 1825-1838, Chatto & Windus (London, 1979), pp. 30-31, no. 27, repr.
  • Ruskin and the English Watercolor, exh. cat., The Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester, 1989), p. 22, under cat. no. 34
  • Marjorie B. Cohn, "Turner, Ruskin, Norton, Winthrop", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin (Cambridge, MA, Fall 1993), vol. II, checklist no. 3
  • Susan P. Casteras and Susan Phelps Gordon, John Ruskin and the Victorian Eye, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. and Phoenix Art Museum (New York/Phoenix, 1993), pp. 62, 27, repr. as fig. 44
  • Judy Egerton, Turner: The Fighting Temeraire, exh. cat., National Gallery Publications Ltd. (London, 1995), p. 19, repr. as fig. 4
  • James Cuno, Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Ivan Gaskell, and William W. Robinson, Harvard's Art Museums: 100 Years of Collecting, ed. James Cuno, Harvard University Art Museums and Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1996), p. 226, ill. p. 227
  • Masterpieces of world art : Fogg Art Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1997
  • Eric Shanes, Turner: The Great Watercolours, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts (London, England, 2000), cat. no. 89, repr. in color; under cat. no. 88
  • Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson, Melissa Renn, and Susan C. Ricci, The Last Ruskinians: Charles Eliot Norton, Charles Herbert Moore, and Their Circle, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2007), pp. 90, 96, pl. 53
  • Jason Rosenfeld, Passages through Time: Turner's Modern and Ancient Ports, Journal18 (April 2017), [e-journal],, accessed May 5, 2017
  • Susan Grace Galassi, Ian Warrell, and Joanna Sheers Seidenstein, Turner's Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time, exh. cat., Yale University Press (U.S.) and The Frick Collection (New York, 2017), pp. 33, 36, 52, 150, repr. p. 36 as fig. 25
  • David Blayney Brown, Amy Concannon, James Finch, and Sam Smiles, Turner's Modern World, exh. cat., Tate Publishing (London, 2020), p. 130, repr. p. 131 (no. 96)

Exhibition History

  • [Turner exhibition], Moon, Boys, and Graves, 06/01/1833 - 07/01/1833
  • Ruskin Exhibition, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 11/01/1909 - 02/28/1910
  • Paintings, Drawings, and Prints by J. M. W. Turner, John Constable, R. P. Bonington, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 03/21/1946 - 04/28/1946
  • Drawings of John Ruskin, 1819 - 1900, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/19/1979 - 03/04/1979
  • Through English Eyes: The Geography of Romanticism in British Watercolors, 1760-1860, The Katonah Gallery, 09/16/1979 - 10/18/1979
  • John Ruskin and the Victorian Eye, Phoenix Art Museum, 03/06/1993 - 05/23/1993; Indianapolis Museum of Art, 06/22/1993 - 08/29/1993
  • Turner-Ruskin-Norton-Winthrop, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/27/1993 - 02/20/1994
  • Turner: The Great Watercolours, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 12/02/2000 - 02/18/2001
  • The Last Ruskinians: Charles Eliot Norton, Charles Herbert Moore, and Their Circle, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/07/2007 - 07/08/2007
  • Turner's Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time, The Frick Collection, New York, 02/22/2017 - 05/14/2017
  • Turner's Modern World, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 03/27/2022 - 07/10/2022

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