Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ben Lomond, Twilight

1801

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41243
Turner Bequest LVI

Catalogue entry

Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry for page ‘38a. Ben Lomond’1 would normally imply the verso of folio 38 (the recto of the present leaf, D41242, which he numbered LVI 38).2 However, in this case Finberg appears to have intended the ‘a’ suffix to signify an addendum number for the Ben Lomond subject on the page now bound opposite (folio 39 recto; D41244; Turner Bequest LVI 38a). In the confusion he appears to have neglected to record the present page, and in a memorandum dated 14 January 1914, he noted: ‘sketch on back of p.38 should really be 38a, & what is printed as 38a, i.e. Ben Lomond, should be 38d’.3
For further discussion, see the technical notes in the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

Revised by Matthew Imms
April 2015

1
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.145.
2
Ibid., p.144.
3
MS note by Finberg in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, opposite p. 144.

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