Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coastlines on the Isle of Wight or Nearby


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 74 × 100 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCVII 72

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the main view is a low coastal profile with yachts passing waterside buildings, continuing on folio 71 verso opposite (D18127). At the top is a slighter view, again continued opposite, with a separate detail of its tower with a corner turret above. The subjects are likely to be around the Isle of Wight or the nearby coast of the mainland. Below, the other way up, is a wooded coastline above an annotation which appears to be ‘Sandbank’, rather than Finberg’s unlikely reading which led to his declaring the subject ‘Views on the river [Thames in London] at “Lambeth.”’1 For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

Finberg 1909, I, p.628.

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