Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscriptions by Turner: Notes including a Name and Address

c.1808–11

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 87 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07959
Turner Bequest CXIV

Catalogue entry

Turner has inscribed the following in pencil at the top left: ‘Rolfe | 33 Ossulton Street, Summer Town’. The reference is to Ossulston [sic] Street, London, running north from Euston Road and now forming the western boundary of the British Library site; to the west are the housing estates of Somers Town, and nothing remains in the street from Turner’s time.
This is as much as Finberg was able to transcribe, but there are roughly inscribed and rubbed words and numbers below of which only occasional letters and figures can be made out. Along the outer edge, with the page turned vertically, are three fainter lines: [?James] 6 [?New Howick] St | [...] Sold by [...] | Knight [...] 27 [...]’.
Technical notes:
This endpaper forms the outer face of a bellows-type pocket set inside the back cover.

Matthew Imms
January 2012

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