Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: Notes on West Country Topography, from John Feltham’s ‘Watering and Sea-Bathing Places’

?1811

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 181 x 228 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40864

Catalogue entry

The following inscription occupies the top fifth of the page:
Berry Pomeroy Castle came into the Seymour family 1556 one of them comm[?enced] the Castles
Torbay 12 miles from Hopes nose to Berry head
Brixham where William 3 landed 5 Novr 1688 a well which Ebbs and Flows Several times a day
The old apophthegm Omnium rerum vicissitudo, applicable to the present town of Fowey Capt Grouse | extremely pleased with it. Place House belongd to the family Trefry – Tin found here
Menabilly 2 miles SW.
These notes conclude those filling the whole of folio 1 recto opposite (D10206), under which the source and significance of the whole passage are discussed. There is a further small, looping ink mark towards the bottom right, which may be a letter, number or doodle.
Technical notes:
The left-hand, outer edge of this paste-down is somewhat frayed. There is a small hole half-way down which passes through the cover, apparently indicating the former presence of a fabric ribbon or lace to fasten the book. The stub of such a ribbon fixed through the back cover survives (D41535). There are corresponding small holes through folios 1 and 2 (D10206, D10208), and the leaves as far as folio 15 (D10229, D10230; CXXXVII 14, 14a) bear progressively weaker impressions at this point, either as a result of the pressure used to make the hole, or from contact with a ribbon laced through it.

Matthew Imms
May 2011

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