Joseph Mallord William Turner

East Cowes Castle from the South-East, with the Mouth of the River Medina and Cowes Beyond, Possibly with a Shepherd and Sheep

1827

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk, pen and ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 141 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20849
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 46

Catalogue entry

The view is to the north-west, with East Cowes Castle on the crest to the right and Cowes across the River Medina below. There are various comparable sketches, as discussed under Tate D20804 (Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 1). In this case there may be a shepherd and his flock loosely indicated in the foreground.
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:
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Matthew Imms
November 2015

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