East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq., the Regatta Beating to Windward
East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq., the Regatta Beating to Windward
East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq., the Regatta Beating to Windward
East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq., the Regatta Beating to Windward
East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq., the Regatta Beating to Windward
East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq., the Regatta Beating to Windward
East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq., the Regatta Beating to Windward
East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq., the Regatta Beating to Windward
East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq., the Regatta Beating to Windward
East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq., the Regatta Beating to Windward

East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq., the Regatta Beating to Windward

Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775-1851)

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  • In 1827 Turner visited East Cowes Castle on the Isle of Wight. There, he observed a dramatic pageant of vessels challenging the wind and waves during the annual Royal Yacht Club races.
  • From vantage points on shore and aboard a man-of-war moored in the English Channel, Turner made seventy drawings and eight oil sketches of the regatta. His laborious technique yielded two finished pictures of the race, of which this is one.
  • The atmospheric clarity and complex composition derive from Turner’s study of 17th-century Dutch seascapes. Regarded as the finest marine painter of his day, Turner sought to improve upon the Old Masters through his bravura brushwork.

Commissioned by John Nash [1752-1835], owner of East Cowes Castle, Isle of Wight; Sale at (Christie’s, London) in 1835;{1} (Tiffin, London, England).{2} E. W. [Edward Wilson] Parker [died 1932], Skirwith Abbey, Cumberland; Sale at (Christie's, London) in 1909; {3} bought jointly by Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, and M. Knoedler & Co.{4} Possibly W.[William] G. Warden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvanie. {5} M. C. D. [Matthew Chalaver Durfee] Borden [1842-1912], Philadelphia; Sale at (American Art Association, New York, New York) in 1913; {6} bought by W. W. Seaman, agent; Colonel Ambrose Monell [1873-1921]. {7} Mrs. Harrison Williams [1897-1983], New York.{8} (Max Safron Galleries, St. Louis, Missouri); {9} purchased by Nicholas H. and Marguerite Lilly Noyes, Indianapolis, Indiana, by 1955; {10} given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1971 (71.32).

{1} Christie's, London, A catalogue of the collection of chiefly modern pictures o f that eminent architect John Nash, Esq., deceased , 11 July 1835, lot 88.
{2} See Martin Butler and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, New Haven and London, 2 vols., 1977, cat. no. 242, who note that Tiffin was a dealer, possibly serving as agent.
{3} Christie’s, London, Catalogue of Ancient & Modern Pictures Four Important Pictures, the property of E.W. Parker, Esq., J.P. of Skirwith Abbey, Cumberland, 2 July 1909, lot 100 (ill.).
{4} The purchase by Agnew’s is recorded in “Sale of Important Pictures,” Times [London], 3 July 1909. For the joint purchase with Knoedler, see Butler and Joll, cat. no. 242.
{5} See Butler and Joll, cat. no. 242. This has not been verified.
{6} American Art Association, New York, Illustrated catalogue of the Notable Paintings by Great Masters belonging to the Estate of the Late M. C. D. Borden, Esq ,13-14 February 1913, lot. 29 (ill.).
{7} See Butler and Joll, cat. no. 242. This has not been verified.
{8} See Butler and Joll, cat. no. 242. This has not been verified.
{9} A black/white photograph of this painting appears in one of the albums of photographs of the Max Safron Collection, St. Louis Art Museum Archives. See IMA Provenance File (71.32).
{10} The painting was included in an exhibition at the John Herron Art Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana (now the Indianapolis Museum of Art), Turner in America, 12 November - 25 December 1955, cat. no. 23 (ill.).

Object Information

artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775-1851)
creation date
1828
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
35-1/2 x 47-1/2 in.
47-1/4 x 59-1/8 x 4-3/4 in. framed
accession number
71.32
credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Noyes
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945
colors

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