Joseph Mallord William TurnerThe Ground of East Cowes Castle, with Figures among the Trees; a study for 'Boccaccio relating the Tale of the Birdcage' 1827

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Title
The Ground of East Cowes Castle, with Figures among the Trees; a study for 'Boccaccio relating the Tale of the Birdcage'
Date 1827
MediumChalk and pen and ink on paper
Dimensionssupport: 190 x 140 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20844
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 41
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During the summer of 1827, Turner
was a guest at East Cowes Castle, on
the Isle of Wight, the home of the architect John Nash. There he produced a group
of oil sketches showing Nash's neo-gothic castle as a distant landmark.

 

During his stay Turner also made a large group of pen and ink studies, including the two shown here. In these he noted the distinctive characteristics of the building, and the impact it had on the surrounding landscape. The sketches verge on the fanciful. Some include exotically dressed figures more appropriate to the middle ages than the early-nineteenth century.

 

September 2004

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