Joseph Mallord William Turner

East Cowes Castle from the North-East

1827

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 139 × 195 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20847
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 44

Catalogue entry

East Cowes Castle is seen from the north-east; towards the left the square tower and its turret at the eastern corner of the main block party obscure the taller octagonal tower beyond, and towards the bottom right is the entrance porch. Among several drawings from along this side of the house, Tate D20829 (Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 26) shows the most comparable aspect, albeit in rather less detail and possibly at dusk.
This is among dozens of blue paper studies made in and around East Cowes Castle, presumably during the same 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.
Verso:
Blank; very slight ink offsetting is presumably from another drawing in this East Cowes Castle sequence.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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