Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cowes and the River Medina from East Cowes


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Chalk, pen and ink and graphite on paper
Support: 140 × 191 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 55

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 westwards across to Cowes. Here the foreground comprises trees and buildings which have not survived extensive redevelopment; compare the bay and oriel windows in the watercolour of The Vine Inn at East Cowes, Isle of Wight by Thomas Rowlandson (1756–1827), offered at Christie’s, London, on 14 June 2002 (lot 562).
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.
Finberg 1909, II, pp.700–1, CCXXVII a 1–57.
Ibid., p.702, CCXXVIII 1–44.
Technical notes:
Some blotting is apparent, sustained in the 1928 Tate Gallery flood when ink was offset to a sheet laid over this one during the recovery process (Tate D40525).

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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