Joseph Mallord William Turner

East Cowes Castle from the West, by the Full Moon

1827

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Medium
Chalk and pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 140 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20836
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 33

Catalogue entry

Among dense trees below East Cowes Castle, seen to the east by the rising full moon, there appears to be a succession of steps or terracing in the foreground.
This is among dozens of blue paper studies made in and around East Cowes Castle, presumably in the course of a single 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, where other moonlit examples are noted.
Verso:
Blank; there is a hint of the heavy ink on the recto bleeding through.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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