Joseph Mallord William TurnerInscription by Turner, '8 Princes Street' 1831

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Inscription by Turner, '8 Princes Street'
From Berwick Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLXV
Date 1831
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 96 x 59 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25645
Turner Bequest CCLXV 1 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 1 Verso:
Inscription by Turner, ‘8 Princes Street’ 1831
D25645
Turner Bequest CCLXV 1a
Pencil on white wove paper, 96 x 59 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘8 Princes St. Borough | Miss Gregory’
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned to the right is an inscription by Turner in pencil which Finberg has read as ‘8 Princes St. Borough | Miss Gregory’.1 Rather than referring to Borough in London (where there is no Prince’s Street), this inscription probably refers to Princes Street in Edinburgh, though it is not known who Miss Gregory was. Another address is noted in the book, that of the publisher Robert Cadell who had commissioned Turner’s visit to Scotland to collect material to illustrate Sir Walter Scott’s Poetry (folio 8 verso; D25656), so perhaps Turner copied down Miss Gregory’s address at the same time. Another address, apparently unconnected, is noted on folio 64 (D25758).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.850.

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