Arrival of King Louis-Philippe of France at Portsmouth, 8 October 1844

This drawing was thought to be by the naval-officer artist George Pechell Mends when it was acquired (as a gift, in 1937) but is now attributed to Carmichael or possibly Joy. It shows the arrival of Louis-Phillipe of France for an official visit to Queen Victoria in 1844, when he entered Portsmouth Harbour on Tuesday 8 October in the French auxiliary steam frigate 'Gomer', launched in 1841, and landed at Gosport. He came with a considerable escort and was greeted by a formal naval welcome, and a huge throng of other boats and spectators not conveyed in this drawing, though much more so in J.C. Schetky's oil painting of the subject, now at Southampton. That looks into the harbour: this view is looking out, with Portsmouth Point on the left, where the three-decker acting as port flagship is saluting withyards manned. J.M.W. Turner was also one of those present on the occasion and sketches by him of it, some previously thought to have been Venetian subjects, were reidentified in the Turner Bequest (Tate) in 2002-03. [PvdM 2/18]

Object Details

ID: PAH4021
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Joy, John Cantiloe; Mends, George Pechell Carmichael, John Wilson Joy, John Cantiloe
Places: Unlinked place
Date made: circa 1844
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 328 x 550 mm; Mount: 557 mm x 734 mm

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