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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner East Cowes Castle from the North-East 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
East Cowes Castle from the North-East 1827
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 44
Chalk and ink on blue wove paper, 139 x 195 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘44’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXXVII(a) 44’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
East Cowes Castle is seen from the north-east; towards the left the square tower and its turret at the eastern corner of the main block party obscure the taller octagonal tower beyond, and towards the bottom right is the entrance porch. Among several drawings from along this side of the house, Tate D20829 (Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 26) shows the most comparable aspect, albeit in rather less detail and possibly at dusk.
This is among dozens of blue paper studies made in and around East Cowes Castle, presumably during the same visit. For more on the various aspects of the house (demolished in about 1950), and its lost grounds as depicted by Turner, see the Introduction to this subsection.
Blank; very slight ink offsetting is presumably from another drawing in this East Cowes Castle sequence.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘East Cowes Castle from the North-East 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-east-cowes-castle-from-the-north-east-r1182710, accessed 06 December 2020.