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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner East Cowes Castle from the North-West, with the Medina Valley Below 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
East Cowes Castle from the North-West, with the Medina Valley Below 1827
D20821
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 18
Chalk and ink on blue wove paper, 137 x 195 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘18’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXXVII(a) 18’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Although Finberg described this view of East Cowes Castle as including the waters of the Solent1 (off the Isle of Wight to the north), it shows the north-west front of the house with the small detached tower over the ‘garden room’ beyond to the right, and the wooded grounds falling away to the valley of the River Medina, looking inland towards the south. There seem to be figures suggested in the foreground, as shown more clearly in a similar view (Tate D20843; Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 40).
This is among dozens of blue paper studies made in and around East Cowes Castle, presumably in the course of a single 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.
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.701.
Technical notes:
Although not immediately apparent, losses were sustained in the 1928 Tate Gallery flood, when ink was offset to a sheet laid over this one during the recovery process (Tate D40521).
Verso:
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Matthew Imms
November 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘East Cowes Castle from the North-West, with the Medina Valley Below 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-west-with-the-medina-valley-r1182682, accessed 26 May 2024.