Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: Draft of a Tribute to Sir Joshua Reynolds for a Perspective Lecture

c.1808–11

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 117 x 87 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07993
Turner Bequest CXIV 22

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned vertically, the upper two thirds of the page are taken up with the following notes:
It is the lot of man to follow | [?mine] is an [?In...] | but to add my tribute of thanks | to his [?ext...] is ever wise if a | duty it would be pleasant but | if you have asked [?whether] it |
would be highly so to my | endeavours in the [?present] | instance for [...]
Maurice Davies has described this as a draft of a tribute to the late Sir Joshua Reynolds, first President of the Royal Academy, relating to early drafts of Turner’s first Royal Academy perspective lecture,1 delivered in January 1811 (see the Introduction to the sketchbook). Turner had been present at the last of Reynolds’s own series of presidential Discourses.2 There are other drafts of this kind on folios 45 verso, 46 recto, 50 verso and 51 recto (D08018, D08019, D08025, D08026).
1
Davies 1994, p.290.
2
See James Hamilton, Turner: A Life, London 1997, p.23.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
January 2012

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