Joseph Mallord William Turner

East Cowes Castle from the South-East, Looking along the Lawn


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Chalk, pen and ink and graphite on paper
Support: 195 × 142 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 13

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During the summer of 1827, Turner
was a guest at East Cowes Castle, on
the Isle of Wight, the home of the architect John Nash. There he produced a group
of oil sketches showing Nash's neo-gothic castle as a distant landmark.


During his stay Turner also made a large group of pen and ink studies, including the two shown here. In these he noted the distinctive characteristics of the building, and the impact it had on the surrounding landscape. The sketches verge on the fanciful. Some include exotically dressed figures more appropriate to the middle ages than the early-nineteenth century.


Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry

The focus is one of the classical stone urns set round the formal lawn on the southern side of East Cowes Castle, with the arcade of the long conservatory running north-west to the towers of the main house beyond, and the smaller of its two conservatories terminating the vista at the left. Compare the view in Tate D20805 (Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 2), and the urn in D20839 (CCXXVII a 36).
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.
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘D20816’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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