Joseph Mallord William Turner

East Cowes Castle from the West through Trees, with Figures in the Foreground by the Full Moon

1827

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 142 x 193 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20809
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 6

Catalogue entry

From the woods west of East Cowes Castle, the full moon rises beside the tower of the garden room south-east of the main house. A ghostly couple in the foreground are of the sort Finberg dubbed ‘lovers’ in similar studies;1 see Tate D20815, D20834, D20835, D20837 (Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 12, 31, 32, 34).
There is a similar view in ink alone on the verso (D40306). These are 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.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

1
See Finberg 1909, II, p.701.

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