Joseph Mallord William Turner

The River Medina Seen through Trees near East Cowes Castle, with Shipping and Cowes Beyond

1827

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 138 x 192 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20857
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 54

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 views across to Cowes, looking west over the River Medina from the East Cowes side. In this instance the towers of East Cowes Castle appear to be indicated on the far left.
Finberg categorised this sheet and several others in a section mainly comprising ‘East Cowes Castle’ views1 distinguished by their use of ink outlines, having made a division between the Isle of Wight blue paper drawings using that medium and those in pencil and chalk, which he grouped as ‘Yachts, &c., at Cowes’;2 in the present subsection the latter have been augmented by those in ink of relevant subjects other than East Cowes Castle, which are dealt with separately.
1
Finberg 1909, II, pp.700–1, CCXXVII a 1–57.
2
Ibid., p.702, CCXXVIII 1–44.
Verso:
Blank; there are slight signs of dense ink bleeding through from the recto, and scattered ink offsetting, presumably from another of the ink drawings in this Isle of Wight sequence.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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