Joseph Mallord William Turner

Yachts under Sail off East Cowes


Not on display

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 81 a

Catalogue entry

There are several separate studies here, with three scenes in bands down the left-hand side, a larger view at the centre right, and studies of two boats and an annotated flag at the top right. In two views, what is probably the tip of the East Cowes headland appears on the right, seen to the east from the mouth of the River Medina. Some or all of the yachts may be racing; for more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the Introduction.
Technical notes:
There are dark marks from glue at the corners from when the leaf was extracted in the nineteenth century in order to exhibit the recto (D20731; Turner Bequest CCXXVI 81). Finberg’s manuscript note in his 1909 Inventory recorded a ‘Leaf cut out’1 at the point in the sketchbook where this one, listed last in the published sequence, has subsequently been reattached.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

Undated MS note by Finberg (died 1939) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, II, p.697.

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