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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Yachts under Sail with East Cowes Castle in the Distance 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 46 Recto:
Yachts under Sail with East Cowes Castle in the Distance 1827
D18077
Turner Bequest CCVII 46
Pencil on white wove paper, 74 x 100 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘46’ top left, upside down
Stamped in black ‘CCVII – 46’ top left, upside down
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this slight sketch shows yachts approaching north down the River Medina with East Cowes Castle no more than indicated on the skyline at the centre; above is a continuation of the wooded opposite shore around Cowes Castle. Compare the composition of the painting East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq.; the Regatta Starting for their Moorings, exhibited in at the Royal Academy in 1828 (Victoria and Albert Museum, London).1 For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction; for other views of East Cowes Castle, see under folio 22 recto (D18030), and for Cowes Castle, see under folio 19 verso (D18025).

Matthew Imms
December 2014

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.150–1 no.243, pl.247 (colour).

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Yachts under Sail with East Cowes Castle in the Distance 1827 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2014, 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-with-east-cowes-castle-in-the-distance-r1183565, accessed 25 February 2021.