Joseph Mallord William Turner

Yachts Sailing, ?in the Solent off Cowes


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Watercolour on paper
Support: 110 × 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXVII 37

Catalogue entry

The composition is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation. The view may be south-west from the Solent at the mouth of the river Medina, with Cowes beyond, a common subject in the contemporary Cowes Regatta and Windsor and Cowes, Isle of Wight sketchbooks (Tate; Turner Bequest CCVII, CCXXVI). For other Isle of Wight subjects in the present sketchbook, including watercolours on nearby pages, see under folio 2 recto (D20735).
Technical notes:
This is one of several pages where the monochrome grey wash common to all the rectos has been worked in watercolour with occasional scratching out; see under folio 5 recto (D20741). In this case the there is heavy pencil shading reinforcing the hull of the larger boat and the sail of the smallest, silhouetted against a scratched-out sail beyond.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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