Joseph Mallord William Turner

Shipping Moored ?off the Isle of Wight

1827

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 140 x 199 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20871
Turner Bequest CCXXVIII 11

Catalogue entry

This is among dozens of blue paper studies presumably made in connection with the Cowes Regatta events in the late summer of 1827; see the Introduction to this subsection for other generic harbour and coastal scenes. There appear to be distant indications of a low coastline, perhaps with buildings, probably either on the Isle of Wight or the Hampshire mainland to the north across the Solent.
As noted in the Introduction, the present work and thirty-four other sheets were recorded in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory as unmounted, and ‘formed part of [a] parcel’ labelled by John Ruskin ‘O. 232. Chalk scrawls on grey. Rubbish.’1
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.702.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘232 | O’ bottom right; inscribed in pencil ‘CCXXVIII . 11’ top left, upside down.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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