Joseph Mallord William Turner

Arithmetic (Inscriptions by Turner)

1807

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 187 x 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41430

Catalogue entry

The inscriptions were thought by Finberg not to be in Turner’s hand, but seem to be autograph. Spencer-Longhurst associates these and other similar written inside the back cover (D40614) with the dates on which Turner used the sketchbook, but more probably they relate to his finances. They read as follows:
One.      17914.           14 Oct. 1807 
One.       8250.           15 Oct. 1807 
One.      18980.           10 Nov. 1807 
One.       1609.            9 Feb. 1807 
One.       2241.           23 Sep. 1807 
One.      13953.
One.      18591.           21 Aug. 1807 
Two.      11336.           10 Sep. 1807 
Two.      15169.           12 July 1807 
Two.      13457.           11 June 1807 
Two.       8757.            8 Sep. 1807 
Two.      14044.           26 Aug. 1807 
Ten.       3142.           10 Nov. 1807     P. Paine 
Ten.       7072.           22 Aug. 1807 
Five.      4276.           26 June 1807 
Five.      1336            25 Nov. 1807 

David Blayney Brown
May 2006

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