Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: English West Country and Midlands Place Names

c.1798

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41434

Catalogue entry

Turner has almost filled the page with notes in two columns; as they are independent, they are listed here in turn rather than being set out side by side. The left-hand column, in pencil, reads:
Axminster
Crediton
Exeter
Ford
Tavistock A
Okhampton C
Rougemount C
Powderham C
Berry Pomeroy
Lidford C
Abbotsbury A
    {Carne A
3 {Milton A
   {Wimborn A
Corfe – 4 Warehame
Lulworth 8
Brownsea Poole
The right-hand column is as follows, with the last three lines in ink:
Thornbury
Berkley
Beverston[e] Tydenham
    {Wigmore Pemb[?ridge]
5 {Raystaff[?]
    {Brampton Bryan
Clifford
Bradwardine A
Penyard Ross
Chepstow Cald[?ecot]
[?Skenfrith ...]
[?Hapton] 10 1/2
Ludlow [?Tame]
Shifnal Dunster
Ilchester Ditto 3 Minehead
Nunny 3 Forme [sic]
         Stoke Curry Bank
Eric Shanes notes Turner’s mentioning Dunster, in Somerset, in relation to a lost watercolour of Dunster Castle from about 1799.1 See also the topographical notes inside the front cover opposite (D40752).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Shanes 1981, p.50.

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