Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cowes and the River Medina from East Cowes, by the New Moon


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Chalk and pen and ink on paper
Support: 140 x 192 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLX 30

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 views westwards across the River Medina to Cowes. A crescent moon occurs in the watercolour Cowes, Isle of Wight (private collection),1 engraved in 1830 for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales (Tate impressions: T04556, T06086, T06087), and the moon features in several of the blue paper views in the grounds of East Cowes Castle, covered in a parallel subsection.
Although exhibited in the nineteenth century as an English subject, like several others in the present subsection this drawing was categorised in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory in one of the sections of works on blue paper ‘mostly connected with “French Rivers”’.2
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.395 no.818, reproduced.
See Finberg 1909, II, pp.806–13, CCLX, ‘Pencil and ink on blue paper: mostly connected with “French Rivers” series’, c.1830; see also Warrell 1989, p.148 and Warrell 1999, pp.30, 253 note 84, linking this sheet to the Isle of Wight.
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘D24866’ bottom left and ‘cclx[...]’ bottom right, partly obscured. There is white paper or tape adhering around the edges, with scraps of off-white paper attached, dating from the lengthy period when the sheet was mounted and displayed.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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