Joseph Mallord William Turner Sketch for ‘East Cowes Castle, the Regatta Beating to Windward’ No. 2 1827

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Title
Sketch for ‘East Cowes Castle, the Regatta Beating to Windward’ No. 2
Date 1827
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 457 x 610 mm
frame: 718 x 880 x 105 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N01994
Not on display

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This is one of three oil sketches at Tate for a painting commissioned by George IV’s architect John Nash (Indianapolis Museum of Art). Turner stayed with Nash at his self-designed castle on the Isle of Wight. Since demolished, it gleams here on the distant hill, near the future site of Osborne House. This was only the second Cowes Regatta. The sketches were possibly begun on board a ship moored in the Solent. Turner’s interest in seventeenth-century Dutch sea painting and his delight in this modern sporting occasion combine in a dynamic composition, in contrast to its calm companion piece.

February 2010

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