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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Shipping Moored ?off the Isle of Wight 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Shipping Moored ?off the Isle of Wight 1827
Turner Bequest CCXXVIII 11
Pencil on blue wove paper, 140 x 199 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram below right of centre
Stamped in black ‘CCCCVIII 11’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is among dozens of blue paper studies presumably made in connection with the Cowes Regatta events in the late summer of 1827; see the Introduction to this subsection for other generic harbour and coastal scenes. There appear to be distant indications of a low coastline, perhaps with buildings, probably either on the Isle of Wight or the Hampshire mainland to the north across the Solent.
As noted in the Introduction, the present work and thirty-four other sheets were recorded in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory as unmounted, and ‘formed part of [a] parcel’ labelled by John Ruskin ‘O. 232. Chalk scrawls on grey. Rubbish.’1
Finberg 1909, II, p.702.
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘232 | O’ bottom right; inscribed in pencil ‘CCXXVIII . 11’ top left, upside down.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Shipping Moored ?off the Isle of Wight 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-shipping-moored-off-the-isle-of-wight-r1183403, accessed 24 June 2024.