Joseph Mallord William Turner

Yachts under Sail off East Cowes Castle

1827

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 192 × 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20720
Turner Bequest CCXXVI 75 a

Catalogue entry

These drawings were made in three bands with the page turned vertically. They show yachts under sail, and possibly racing at some speed in the upper two. In the calmer view at the bottom, East Cowes appears to be loosely indicated in the background above the River Medina, with East Cowes Castle (see under folio 1 verso; D20597) on the skyline to the south-east on the right. 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

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