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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner East Cowes Castle: The Library, with Figures 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
East Cowes Castle: The Library, with Figures 1827
Turner Bequest CCXXVII a 48
Gouache and ink on blue wove paper, 142 x 195 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘48’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXXVII(a) 48’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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. There are a few drawings identified as East Cowes interiors (see also Tate D20852, D22690, D22694, D22705, D22761; CCXXVII a 49, CCXLIV 28, 32, 43, 99).
Described as a ‘drawing room’ scene by Finberg,1 the interior here has been identified by Ian Warrell as the house’s library;2 compare the ink drawing D20852 and see also the colour studies D24864 and D22705, which also include groups of male and female figures.
Finberg 1909, II, p.701.
See Warrell 1989, fig.59, and Warrell 2015, fig.167.
Blank; not seen (unavailable at time of writing).

Matthew Imms
November 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘East Cowes Castle: The Library, with Figures 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-the-library-with-figures-r1182714, accessed 27 July 2021.