Joseph Mallord William Turner

Yachts under Sail; Shorelines with 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: 74 x 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18084
Turner Bequest CCVII 49 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, there are rapid indications of yachts sailing, and probably racing; the single craft on folio 50 recto opposite (D18085) may be part of the same group. Separated by a pencil line, to the right are what appear to be swift profiles of East Cowes from the west, with East Cowes Castle above and the headland at the entrance to the River Medina on the left. For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction, and for other views of the castle, see under folio 22 recto (D18030).

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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