Joseph Mallord William Turner

Eton; Ramsgate; Recipe for Green Paint (Inscription by Turner)

c.1816–19

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 95 x 155 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10413
Turner Bequest CXL 2 a

Catalogue entry

The two sketches, of Ramsgate and Eton College among trees, are drawn at top and bottom of the leaf. There are more views of Eton on folios 11, 14 verso and 15 of the sketchbook (D10430, D10437, D10438) and of Ramsgate running from folio 22 verso (D10451).
The recipe, written at left, is as follows:
4 Pounds of Roman Vitriol
a Kettle of boiling water
2 Pounds of Peat ash
¼ of yellow Arsenic makes a
good green, for walls equal to oil
This is a version of a common mixture for green paint.

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

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