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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

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

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 28 Recto:
Yachts with East Cowes Castle in the Distance 1827
Turner Bequest CCVII 28
Pencil on white wove paper, 100 x 74 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘28’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCVII – 28’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned vertically, this slight study of yachts under sail apparently includes a perfunctory profile of East Cowes Castle in the distance at the centre. The general composition is comparable with that of the oil 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, and for other views of the castle see under folio 22 recto (D18030).

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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 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-with-east-cowes-castle-in-the-distance-r1183530, accessed 27 November 2020.