Joseph Mallord William Turner

East Cowes Castle: The Library, with Figures

1827

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 142 x 195 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20851
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 48

Catalogue entry

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. There are a few drawings identified as East Cowes interiors (see also Tate D20852, D22690, D22694, D22705, D22761; CCXXVII a 49, CCXLIV 28, 32, 43, 99).
Described as a ‘drawing room’ scene by Finberg,1 the interior here has been identified by Ian Warrell as the house’s library;2 compare the ink drawing D20852 and see also the colour studies D24864 and D22705, which also include groups of male and female figures.
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.701.
2
See Warrell 1989, fig.59, and Warrell 2015, fig.167.
Verso:
Blank; not seen (unavailable at time of writing).

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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