Joseph Mallord William Turner

East Cowes Castle from the South-West, beyond Trees

1827

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Medium
Chalk and pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 140 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20848
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 45

Catalogue entry

The octagonal tower at the centre dominates this view of East Cowes Castle, seen to the north-east with the arcaded conservatory running south-eastwards to the right. Compare in particular Tate D20808 and D20846 (Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 5, 43).
This is among dozens of blue paper studies made in and around East Cowes Castle, presumably during the same visit. For more on the various aspects of the house (demolished in about 1950), and its lost grounds as depicted by Turner, see the Introduction to this subsection.
Verso:
Blank; extensive, scattered ink offsetting is presumably from another drawing in this East Cowes Castle sequence.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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