Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sailing Boats off Cowes Castle

1827

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 x 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18096
Turner Bequest CCVII 55 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, Cowes Castle is seen to the north-west beyond the masts of boats on the River Medina; for other views of the castle, see under folio 19 verso (D18025). Turner had made a detailed watercolour from this direction in about 1796 (Tate D00667; Turner Bequest XXVII F). For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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