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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Yachts under Sail off East Cowes 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 79 Verso:
Yachts under Sail off East Cowes 1827
Turner Bequest CCXXVI 81a
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 192 mm
Partial watermark ‘R Bar | 18’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘crown’ towards top right below flag
Inscribed in red ink ?by John Ruskin ‘[?987]’ bottom right (now very faint)
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
There are several separate studies here, with three scenes in bands down the left-hand side, a larger view at the centre right, and studies of two boats and an annotated flag at the top right. In two views, what is probably the tip of the East Cowes headland appears on the right, seen to the east from the mouth of the River Medina. Some or all of the yachts may be racing; for more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the Introduction.
Technical notes:
There are dark marks from glue at the corners from when the leaf was extracted in the nineteenth century in order to exhibit the recto (D20731; Turner Bequest CCXXVI 81). Finberg’s manuscript note in his 1909 Inventory recorded a ‘Leaf cut out’1 at the point in the sketchbook where this one, listed last in the published sequence, has subsequently been reattached.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

Undated MS note by Finberg (died 1939) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, II, p.697.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Yachts under Sail off East Cowes 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-yachts-under-sail-off-east-cowes-r1183364, accessed 02 March 2021.