Joseph Mallord William Turner
Sketch for ‘East Cowes Castle, the Regatta Starting for Their Moorings’ No. 1 1827

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Sketch for ‘East Cowes Castle, the Regatta Starting for Their Moorings’ No. 1
Date 1827
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 464 x 616 mm
frame: 740 x 885 x 90 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N01998
Not on display

Display caption

Turner’s view is from the Solent, looking south up the river Medina with the castle in the distance. The Tudor fort at Cowes, later the site of the Royal Yacht Squadron’s clubhouse, is on the far right. As with its pair, there are three Tate oil studies for a finished painting for John Nash, now in the Victoria and Albert Museum. As a counterpoint to the energy of the racing scene, Turner adopts one of his favourite templates, the serene Claude Lorrain-style harbour setting, sunlit and empty of the bustling crowds and yachts shown in the finished version.

February 2010

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