Joseph Mallord William Turner

Yachts and Other Shipping off East 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: 100 × 74 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18035
Turner Bequest CCVII 24 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, there are three studies here. At the top, yachts manoeuvre beyond rowing boats in a heavy swell, like those at the centre of the painting East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq.; the Regatta Beating to Windward, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1828 (Indianapolis Museum of Art).1 East Cowes Castle is indicated in the distance on the right; for other views of the castle see under folio 22 recto (D18030).
The second study shows the sun low over the masts of a large, silhouetted vessel; compare the contre-jour effect in Shipping off East Cowes Headland, of 1827 (Tate N01999).2 Below to the left is another study of a yacht. 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

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.150 no.242, pl.246 (colour).
2
Ibid., p.161 no.267 pl.272 (colour).

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