Joseph Mallord William Turner

Vessels at the Mouth of the River Medina, with Cowes Castle and East Cowes Castle Beyond, from the Solent


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 112 x 192 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXVI 17 a

Catalogue entry

The drawing is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation. The viewpoint is from some way out in the Solent, looking south to the entrance of the River Medina, with Cowes Castle outlined on the right (see under folio 72 verso; D20708; Turner Bequest CCXXVI 69a), and East Cowes Castle on the skyline to the left of centre (see under folio 1 verso; D20597). The moored boat flying a prominent flag may mark a racing course. For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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