Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Quay with Figures and Moored Shipping, Perhaps at Cowes or East Cowes

1827

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Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 137 x 193 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20855
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 52

Catalogue entry

This is among dozens of blue paper studies presumably made in connection with the Cowes Regatta events in the late summer of 1827; see the Introduction to this subsection for other generic harbour and coastal scenes. There are effectively no clues as to a particular location in this instance.
Finberg categorised this sheet and several others in a section mainly comprising ‘East Cowes Castle’ views1 distinguished by their use of ink outlines, having made a division between the Isle of Wight blue paper drawings using that medium and those in pencil and chalk, which he grouped as ‘Yachts, &c., at Cowes’;2 in the present subsection the latter have been augmented by those in ink of relevant subjects other than East Cowes Castle, which are dealt with separately.
1
Finberg 1909, II, pp.700–1, CCXXVII a 1–57.
2
Ibid., p.702, CCXXVIII 1–44.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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