Joseph Mallord William TurnerColour Trials; a Loop 1794

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Colour Trials; a Loop
From Matlock Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XIX
Date 1794
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 111 x 181 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Inside Front Cover:
Colour Trials; a Loop 1794
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 111 x 181 mm
Inscribed by Turner with list of place names (see main catalogue entry) towards top left
Stamped in black ‘XIX’ top left
Inscribed by Arthur Mayger Hind in pencil ‘Leaf 27 missing | AMH 1934’ centre right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Towards the top left, partly obscured by the colour trials, is the following list in pencil:
Peterborough    1 
Chester         2 
Ely       –     3 
Matlock         4 
Bridgnorth      5 
Parkgate        6 
Birmingham      7 
These are possibly subjects projected for watercolours to be engraved for the Copper-Plate Magazine. There is also a slight pencil sketch of a loop in the shape of a figure ‘8’ at the centre left. For A.M. Hind’s inscription and the fate of Finberg’s ‘XIX 27’ and ‘27a’ see the introduction to the sketchbook.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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