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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner East Cowes Castle from the South-West, through Trees, with Figures in the Foreground by the Full Moon 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
East Cowes Castle from the South-West, through Trees, with Figures in the Foreground by the Full Moon 1827
D20815
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 12
Chalk and ink on blue wove paper, 141 x 191 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘12’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXXVII(a) 12’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
From the woods west of East Cowes Castle, the full moon rises over its towers. A pale couple apparently embracing in the right foreground are of the sort Finberg dubbed ‘lovers’ in similar studies;1 see under Tate D20809 (Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 6). The heavy, looping pen work may suggest other figures among the foliage nearby.
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
See Finberg 1909, II, p.701.
Technical notes:
The horizontal smearing and streaking of ink to the left of the centre and towards the top right appears to be accidental, and to have occurred as it dried rather than as a result of subsequent damage.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
November 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘East Cowes Castle from the South-West, through Trees, with Figures in the Foreground by the Full Moon 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-west-through-trees-with-r1182679, accessed 21 May 2024.