Joseph Mallord William TurnerInscriptions: 'Portobello' 1818

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Artist
Title
Inscriptions: 'Portobello'
From Edinburgh, 1818, Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXVI
Date 1818
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 112 x 90 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13575
Turner Bequest CLXVI 65
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 65 Recto:
Inscriptions: ‘Portobello’ 1818
D13575
Turner Bequest CLXVI 65
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 90 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner across the page
Stamped in black ‘CLXVI 35’ top right running vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned to the left, Turner has used this page to make a series of notes on people and establishments presumably related to Portobello, a small town on the Firth of Forth about three and a half miles east of Edinburgh. These notes may have been made in preparation for visiting Portobello based on someone’s advice. At the bottom of the page is the continuation of a sketch of Leith Harbour from folio 64 verso (D13574).
The notes are as follows: ‘[?]Murry [...] [?]maker | Gordon [or ‘Garden’] ?Cambell [...]’ top right, ‘[?]Garvi | [?]Worby | [?]Jarrow’ upper centre, ‘[?]Wine | [?]Walker | Mr Ross Portobello Office’ centre right, ‘Forsyth | Portobello C[...] |at Mr Murry [?]upstairs | [?]Davidson [?]Jarvays [?]Scotch’ centre left.

Thomas Ardill
January 2008

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