Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscriptions by Turner: A List of Commissions


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 264 x 203 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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  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

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

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