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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner East Cowes Castle from the South, through Trees 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
East Cowes Castle from the South, through Trees 1827
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 22
Chalk and ink on blue wove paper, 138 x 192 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘22’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXXVII(a) 22’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The view is through trees south-west of East Cowes Castle; the white towers and the arcade of the conservatory extending from the western corner of the building can be made out through the branches towards the top right. What seems to be the southernmost of the two ponds marked on that side on early Ordnance Survey maps is in the left foreground, while the other pond may be shown in Tate D20814 (Turner Bequest CCXVII a 11).
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.
Blank; ink has bled through from the denser areas on the recto and there is also extensive ink offsetting, presumably from another drawing in this East Cowes sequence.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘East Cowes Castle from the South, through Trees 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-through-trees-r1182688, accessed 18 May 2024.