Joseph Mallord William Turner

East Cowes Castle from the South, with Figures in the Foreground

1827

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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: 195 × 140 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20828
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 25

Catalogue entry

This view of East Cowes Castle is from the south, with the towers of the main house above the arcaded conservatories to the left, and what appears to be the tower of the ‘garden room’ on the near side of the formal lawn given exaggerated prominence on the right. Compare Tate D20812 (Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 9).
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. As in many instances, there are figures here among the foliage in the foreground.
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Matthew Imms
November 2015

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