Joseph Mallord William Turner

East Cowes Castle from the North-East


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Chalk and pen and ink on paper
Support: 145 × 195 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 26

Catalogue entry

East Cowes Castle is seen here from what was its least prominent aspect, looking south-west with the square tower at the eastern corner of the main block left of centre and the tallest, octagonal tower beyond. Below to the right, the main entrance porch is lightly indicated. Compare the overall prospects from nearby (Tate D20827, D20833; Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 24, 30) and the closer views in D20831 and D24864 (CCXXVII a 28, CCLX 28). The band of light beyond the largely blank silhouette suggests that dusk is falling; another drawing from a similar angle shows rather more detail (D20847; CCXXVII a 44).
This is among dozens of blue paper studies made in and around East Cowes Castle, presumably in the course of a single visit. For more on the various aspects of the house (demolished in about 1950), and its lost grounds as depicted by Turner, see the Introduction to this subsection.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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