On the Coast, Isle of Wight

This oil sketch shows a stretch of the Isle of Wight coastline from Ventnor looking west towards Woody Head in the Saint Lawrence region. The red-roofed turret peaking through the trees at the right belongs to the Chalet Hotel, built in the mid-19th century and still standing. The identification of the coastline was made by Mark Collins, a resident of the Isle of Wight. His recognition of the site suggests that this painting can be identified with the previously untraced oil sketch entitled 'On the Coast, Isle of Wight', that was sold with the contents of Leighton's studio in 1896 after his death.

Key facts

Artist dates
1830 - 1896
Full title
On the Coast, Isle of Wight
Date made
perhaps 1860
Medium and support
Oil on canvas laid on board
21.5 × 39.3 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery