Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views of Cowes; a Yacht under Sail


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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 67 a

Catalogue entry

Two of the drawings are inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, with another at the outer edge made with the page turned vertically. The upper horizontal one shows the view south-east up the River Medina from the vicinity of Cowes Castle; compare the distant building and bunting in the background of the painting East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq.; the Regatta Starting for their Moorings, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1828 (Victoria and Albert Museum, London).1 There appears to be smoke issuing from a steamer.
The looser drawing at the bottom left is a continuation of a variant view which continues across the whole of folio 71 recto opposite (D20705; Turner Bequest CCXXVI 68), with Cowes Castle (see under folio 72 verso; D20708; Turner Bequest CCXXVI 69a) apparently indicated here The vertically orientated subject, notionally separated from the second of the horizontal views by a pencil line bisecting the page, shows a yacht under sail off a distant headland.
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

Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.150–1 no.243, pl.247 (colour).

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