Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Cove on the Isle of Wight, with ?Cattle


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Watercolour on paper
Support: 110 × 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXVII 27

Catalogue entry

This slight but atmospheric colour sketch presumably shows the coast of the Isle of Wight, as Finberg proposed,1 although there are no landmarks to facilitate a precise identification of this quiet scene. There are three or four large animals standing in the shallows, apparently cattle or possibly horses. For other drawings showing the island, including some on nearby pages, see under folio 2 recto (D20735).
Finberg 1909, II, p.699.
Technical notes:
This is one of several pages where the monochrome grey wash common to all the rectos has been worked in watercolour with occasional scratching out; see under folio 5 recto (D20741).
The number ‘992’ inscribed on the verso (D20775) is typical of those inscribed on the backs of sketchbook pages extracted for display in the nineteenth century, but the leaf shows no obvious sign of having been removed and reattached, unlike folio 29 (D41006; Turner Bequest CCXXVII 43), for example.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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