Turner’s inscription, written with the sketchbook inverted, reads:
Herald. Thursday, Aug 9
We are authorised to state that the | lease and possession of the desirable | premises in Norton Street, Ma[ry]lebone | and communicating through the garden to P.H. (?) | (omitted by accident in the advertisements | which announced the sale of the wines | library (furniture only) will be sold by | auction in the second days sale | of to-morrow
This copy of a newspaper advertisement runs on from a heading written on folio 63 (D07692); ‘Hodgetts sale belonging to ... 90 Norton St’. In Hamilton’s opinion Turner’s inscription is ‘scrappily’ written, ‘suggesting composition rather than transcription’; hence he concludes that Turner ‘appears to have sold the lease of a property in Norton Street for auction in 1809 or 1810’. 9 August fell on a Thursday in 1810.