Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscriptions by Turner: A List of Commissions

c.1795

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 264 x 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40557

Catalogue entry

Most of this list, taking up over half the page, is in pen and ink; Turner’s ‘X’ pencil annotations are indicated in italics. The last four lines are entirely in pencil:
                         Order’d               Drawings 
 
X  Landaff Cathedral          } Dr Mathews Hereford Size of sketch 4.2 [?‘by’ overwritten]  
   Fishermans Cottage         } 
X  Cascade <Hampton> 
X  Oak                        } 
X  Chaple     13. 17          }   Lord Viscount Malden Hampton Court 
X  N. Front                   } 
X   
X  S Front                    } 
X Walls of Tenby – Size of the Sketch Mr Landseer 
   Brecknock Castle           } 
   Ross                       } 
   Ross Market House          }   Mr Lambirt – size of the Sketches 
   Walls of Tenby             } 
   St Davids Pallace          } 
   Landowrow Mill             } M r Laurie 
+ Aberdillias Mill –     Mr Mitchell – size of Landilio Bridge 
   Newport Castle         Mr Kershaw 
   N Front of Hampton Court     }   Sr Richard Hoare 
   S F                          } 
For ‘L[l]andaff’, see the drawings on folios 4 recto and 5 recto (D00556, D00557). A watercolour view of Llandaff Cathedral based on the first of these is Tate D00686 (Turner Bequest XXVIII A);1 it was shown at the Royal Academy in 1796. For a ‘Fisherman’s Cottage’, see Tate D00704 (Turner Bequest XXVIII S). Dr Matthews of Hereford was evidently the commissioner of a watercolour of this subject.
Turner sketched Viscount Malden’s seat at ‘Hampton Court’, near Leominster, Hereford, on this tour: folios 48 recto, 49 recto, 50 recto and 51 recto (Tate D00603–D00606; Turner Bequest XXVI 49, 50, 51, 52) show an oak tree in the grounds, the cascade, the house from the south east, and the Chapel; folio 52 recto (D00607; Turner Bequest XXVI 53) shows the north front. The house was to be a goal again on his 1798 tour, when he was commissioned by Sir Richard Colt Hoare to make drawings of it. See the Hereford Court sketchbook (Tate D01320, D01321; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 66, 67).
For ‘Brecknock’ (Brecon) Castle see folio 83 recto (D00653; Turner Bequest XXVI 91). See the drawings of ‘Ross’(-on-Wye) on folio 53 recto (D00608; Turner Bequest XXVI 54). Ross Market Place is on folio 54 recto (D00609; Turner Bequest XXVI 55) and Ross Market Hall on folio 65 recto (D00621; Turner Bequest XXVI 67); one or the other was commissioned by ‘Mr Lambirt’.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.315 no.143, pl.24.
2
Ibid., p.489 no.169a, reproduced.

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