Joseph Mallord William Turner Copy of a Sale-Notice (Inscription by Turner) 1810

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Copy of a Sale-Notice (Inscription by Turner)
From Hastings Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXI
Date 1810
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 88 x 110 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXI 62 a
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Catalogue entry

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.

David Blayney Brown
May 2011

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