Joseph Mallord William Turner

East Cowes Castle across the River Medina, from Cowes


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Gouache, pen and ink, graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 140 x 191 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLX 32

Technique and condition

Brown pen and ink drawing with black ink wash and white chalk highlights on a medium weight, wove, blue, rag paper support. In general the support is in moderate condition, however in the left half of the image there is bleeding of the black ink caused by flood damage. There is some yellow discolouration in the central area.

The image is of a marine scene with a rowing boat and three figures in the foreground, and boats in the middle distance, with a backdrop of buildings and trees, with a castle on the horizon. Fine pen and ink lines describe the boats, figures and background. Broader black ink brush washes have been used to block in colour on the two boats on the left, and to re-inforce some of the lines in the foreground. A powdery white pigment that appears to be chalk has been applied lightly to indicate lighter areas. There are small amounts of graphite under-drawing.

Katharine Lockett
August 2003

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