J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Quay and Shipping at East Cowes, with Cowes across the River Medina 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Quay and Shipping at East Cowes, with Cowes across the River Medina 1827
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 51
Chalk, ink and pencil on blue wove paper, 142 x 194 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘51’ bottom right
Stamped in black 51 ‘CCXXVII(a) ’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is among dozens of blue paper studies presumably made in connection with the Cowes Regatta events in the late summer of 1827; see the Introduction to this subsection for other views across the River Medina to Cowes. There has been much subsequent waterfront development, making the exact viewpoint uncertain.
Finberg categorised this sheet and several others in a section mainly comprising ‘East Cowes Castle’ views1 distinguished by their use of ink outlines, having made a division between the Isle of Wight blue paper drawings using that medium and those in pencil and chalk, which he grouped as ‘Yachts, &c., at Cowes’;2 in the present subsection the latter have been augmented by those in ink of relevant subjects other than East Cowes Castle, which are dealt with separately.
Finberg 1909, II, pp.700–1, CCXXVII a 1–57.
Ibid., p.702, CCXXVIII 1–44.
Technical notes:
A little blotting is evident here and there, sustained in the 1928 Tate Gallery flood when ink was offset to a sheet laid over this one during the recovery process (Tate D40526).
Blank; there are slight signs of the dense ink bleeding through from the recto.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Quay and Shipping at East Cowes, with Cowes across the River Medina 1827 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-quay-and-shipping-at-east-cowes-with-cowes-across-the-r1183384, accessed 26 May 2024.