Joseph Mallord William TurnerFour Boats in Convoy; Address and Arithmetic (Inscriptions by Turner) 1804-5

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Title
Four Boats in Convoy; Address and Arithmetic (Inscriptions by Turner)
Date 1804-5
MediumPen and ink on paper
Dimensionssupport: 150 x 258 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40568
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Inside Front Cover:
Four Boats in Convoy; Address and Arithmetic (Inscriptions by Turner) 1804–5
D40568
Turner Bequest
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 150 x 258 mm
Inscribed by Turner in ink ‘J M W Turner. | Sion Ferry House | Isleworth’ at centre and with accounts (see main catalogue entry) bottom left, descending vertically
Inscribed by John Ruskin in ink with endorsement (see Introduction to the sketchbook) on a piece of blue paper pasted to the cover
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The boats are very slight outlines, but look like barges or lighters.
For Turner’s residence at Sion Ferry House see Introduction to the sketchbook. The accounts, presumably records of banknotes or drafts and the dates of their encashment, read as follows:
2 July 1804          164 
50             Wm Venison       W Diss 
14 June 1804         9543 
25 W Hepworth        F Kensall 
5 May 1804           7382 
20 H George          Fleetwood 
They are all crossed out.

David Blayney Brown
August 2007

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