Joseph Mallord William Turner

East Cowes Castle from the South-West, through Trees, with Figures in the Foreground by the Full Moon

1827

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 141 × 191 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20815
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 12

Catalogue entry

From the woods west of East Cowes Castle, the full moon rises over its towers. A pale couple apparently embracing in the right foreground are of the sort Finberg dubbed ‘lovers’ in similar studies;1 see under Tate D20809 (Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 6). The heavy, looping pen work may suggest other figures among the foliage nearby.
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.
1
See Finberg 1909, II, p.701.
Technical notes:
The horizontal smearing and streaking of ink to the left of the centre and towards the top right appears to be accidental, and to have occurred as it dried rather than as a result of subsequent damage.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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