Joseph Mallord William Turner

List of Towns (Inscription by Turner)


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Graphite on paper
Support: 129 x 205 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Catalogue entry

Turner lists towns on the South Coast, the subjects of watercolours and plates engraved by William Bernard Cooke for Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England. These are: ‘Ilfracombe |Tintagel | Torbay Brixham | Bridport | Watchet | Minehead | Lulworth | Margate’.
Noting that Turner delivered watercolours of these subjects to Cooke in 1818, Hill, Warburton and Tussey date this sketchbook and its drawings made in Sussex and Kent to perhaps that year. However, some of these Southern Coast subjects are cited in Cooke’s accounts for 18171 and it is surely possible that the list might comprise subjects still to do for the series rather than ones that were completed. For the dating of the book, see Introduction.

David Blayney Brown
May 2011

Account Books of W.B. Cooke; in Eric Shanes, Turner’s Rivers, Harbours and Coasts, London 1981, p.154.

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