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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner East Cowes Castle from the South-East, through the Arch of the Garden Room 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
East Cowes Castle from the South-East, through the Arch of the Garden Room 1827
D20807
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 4
Gouache and ink on blue wove paper, 191 x 140 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘4’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCXXVII(a) 4’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The view is north-west across to the main part of East Cowes Castle, flanked by conservatories, from the open arches of the vaulted Gothic garden room at the southern corner of the lawn. Compare Tate D20805 and D20816 (Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 2, 13). A sketch of the view into the room itself is D20813 (CCXXVII a 10); the form within the right-hand arch in the present view is revealed there as a sculpted bust on a plinth.
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.
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Matthew Imms
November 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘East Cowes Castle from the South-East, through the Arch of the Garden Room 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-south-east-through-the-arch-of-r1182669, accessed 18 May 2024.