Joseph Mallord William Turner

Norris Castle and Cowes from the Solent, with Yachts


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 112 × 192 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXVI 48

Catalogue entry

Finberg’s basic Cowes identification is correct.1 The upper of the three views shows Norris Castle (see under folio 40 recto; D20658; Turner Bequest CCXXVI 38) to the south-east from the Solent, with East Cowes Castle on the skyline in the distance (see under folio 1 verso; D20597), south-west of the first building. The objects in the sea below the castle are perhaps marker buoys or moored boats marking a Regatta racing course.
The middle drawing is effectively a continuation westwards of the first, with the mouth of the River Medina, Cowes and the coast beyond to the south-west, and the lightly indicated profile beyond the masts in the lower sketch may again be Cowes. For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

Finberg 1909, II, p.696; see also Butlin, Wilton and Gage 1974, p.102.

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