Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: A Scale Marked in Inches

1817

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 232 x 328 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41517

Catalogue entry

This makeshift ruler is not mentioned in Finberg’s Turner Bequest Inventory.1 The left-hand, outer edge of the page serves as the beginning of the scale, and there is a further isolated mark near the gutter a little lower down, measuring twelve inches (a foot or 305 mm) from the left-hand edge. These measurements were perhaps used to gauge or check the dimensions of drawings in progress on separate sheets.
1
See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.447.
Technical notes:
Across the lower half of the sheet there is some scattered watercolour offsetting from the half-completed composition on folio 2 recto opposite (D12263).

Matthew Imms
February 2010

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