Joseph Mallord William Turner

Boats and Figures, Perhaps at Cowes; Yachts under Sail; a Yacht in the Solent off Norris Castle

1827

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 192 × 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20668
Turner Bequest CCXXVI 44 a

Catalogue entry

The three drawings were made with the page turned vertically. The upper sketch seems to be a shore scene, with boats moored and sailing beyond and perhaps a rowing boat with figures in the foreground, as well as slight indications of buildings; the setting may be Cowes. In the middle a group of yachts is shown under way from astern, while the bottom view is south from the Solent to Norris Castle, near East Cowes (see under folio 40 recto; D20658; Turner Bequest CCXXVI 38); see also folio 47 recto opposite (D20669; Turner Bequest CCXXVI 45).
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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