Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: Royal Academy Accounts

c.1823–4

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Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 162 x 98 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17844
Turner Bequest CCV 6

Catalogue entry

The following accounts1 in pounds, shillings and pence take up the whole page, turned vertically:
1819              One quarter from Xs 1818. to L day 1819
         Salaries
        Officers                              120    0     0
     S K of Lib to ‘Sc.’                 37  10
School of Paint. . .                      50
   Proff –                                     240
Life Vist . .                                  75  12
M Mod –                                     11  15  6
Female –                                     16    8  6    119 .9  3½
W and Beer –                               1 3 6
Incidental Ex  –                         14 9 9½
  _________
House Keeper –    17 10
Gratuity  –               2  10  – 21 . 0  0
Cranmer                                   13   2  6    57   5
Strowger                                  13    2  6
Lavel                                        10    0  0
yearly Keeper allowance Candles – 10 10
_________________________________________
Lady D to Mids                           incidental Ex [...] H 1817
Keeper –       40                               20
S                    35     120                  Vaughn [Astn]   40   14
T                    25                           allow to Porter       7   16
Lib                 20                           Gratuity to Hous   5     5
allow Sec      –     37 – 10
Freebairne.   17.10 –   3 10.}
Cr                 13  2  .   6           }57  5
S                   13      2   6         }
L                   10                      }
The accounts continue across to folio 5 verso opposite (D17843), as transcribed here:2
Midsummer to Michaels
                                          School of Painting –    33 – 12 –
40                        Visitor Life                      49    7
35                        M Mod                               8. 0
25                        F M      –––                        7. 9
20.  – 120           Wine and Beer                  1  2
all      37.10        Incident Ex                        18.10  3½
              [...]
Porters. C   13  2  6  }  To Vaughan for paying Pension 6.6.
Str               13  2  6  }
Lavel          10  0  0  } 84  8 3½
Brom.           6  7  0  }
Freebrn H. 17 10| 21}
Gratuity.      3 10|
____________________________________________
    To Xmas  .   19  . Genl Assembly –  63 .    0}  121.10
K.    40  |                  Council                   58     10}
Sec. 35 |120            Professor A 60
T      25 |
Lib   20 |
allow    37.10      ..   Painting School    25 . 4
House H Visitors Attendance Life {50 . 8
    21  0  0  Man Mod –                       {22   0  0
                   F  M                                   {  6  12
C 13  2  6  Wine and Beer    95.8.    {   2    5
S  13 2  6   incidental   _______       {13 15 8
L  10 :   .| 67.5} Strowger Grat.|
B  10 .   .| 15   }____________| Vaughan   . 30
                1823                              Exhibn        47   11 6
[?Print] Ex of Exh[...] as to H[...] 77 11 6
Committee    56   9   9}
  H   .      .         19        } 61   9   7              Council. 119   14
Mrs Freebairne for Ex attnce11 11
Cuff  – Wine                           24. 12. 116 12 10 Total 945.3.5
Allown to Porter                       9
Emans for Refreshmts            10 . 3 –

Matthew Imms
December 2014

1
Based on transcription in Finberg 1909, I, p.620, with minor variations.
2
Based on transcription, ibid., p.621, with minor variations.
3
See the listing in Eric Shanes, ‘Royal Academy of Arts, London’ in Evelyn Joll, Martin Butlin and Luke Herrmann (eds.), The Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 2001, pp.271–2.
4
Undated MS transcriptions in Finberg’s own interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, facing pp.620 and 621.
5
Finberg 1961, p.282.
6
Hamilton 1997, p.210.
7
See Finberg 1961, p.282.

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