Joseph Mallord William Turner

East Cowes Castle from the South-West, with a Couple among Trees near the Steps below the Conservatory

1827

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 142 × 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20834
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 31

Catalogue entry

From the woods south-west of East Cowes Castle, the steps below the arcaded façade of the smaller of its two conservatories (see particularly under Tate D20844; Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 41) are seen in the distance. A ghostly couple in the foreground are of the sort Finberg dubbed ‘lovers’ here and in similar studies;1 see under D20809 (CCXXVII a 6) for other examples.
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.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘Box 97’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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