Joseph Mallord William Turner

Yachts under Sail, with East Cowes Castle Beyond


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 68

Catalogue entry

The drawing is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, and shows yachts under way towards the Solent, with East Cowes Castle (see under folio 1 verso; D20597) on the horizon across the River Medina, south-eastwards from the vicinity of Cowes Castle at the river’s mouth (see under folio 72 verso; D20708; Turner Bequest CCXXVI 69a); the view is continued, rather loosely, half way across folio 70 verso opposite (D20704; Turner Bequest CCXXVI 67a), where the main building seems to be Cowes Castle.
This perhaps represents an intermediate idea between the respective dynamic sea and more sedate harbour views in the two paintings East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq.; the Regatta Beating to Windward (Indianapolis Museum of Art)1 and East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq.; the Regatta Starting for their Moorings, both exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1828 (Victoria and Albert Museum, London).2
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

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).
Ibid., pp.150–1 no.243, pl.247 (colour).

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