Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: Note on Perspective, from John Hamilton

c.1809

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Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 88 x 115 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40670

Catalogue entry

Maurice Davies has identified the notes and diagrams running from folio 15 verso to folio 18 verso (this page and D07381–D07386) as from various points in John Hamilton, Stereography, or, a Compleat Body of Perspective, in All Its Branches, London 1738.1 Turner could have consulted the copy at the British Museum (since transferred to the British Library, London). His one-word inscription here and thus the page itself were not recorded by Finberg’s 1909 Inventory.2 There is some ink offsetting from the notes on folio 16 recto opposite (D07381) which ‘Roman’ qualifies; see the entry for the latter for the relevant passage from Hamilton.

Matthew Imms
June 2008

1
Davies 1994, p.288.
2
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, pp.287–91.

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