Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Mountains and Buildings; Inscription by Turner: West Country Place Names

c.1799

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 130 x 79 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02174
Turner Bequest XLVI 119

Catalogue entry

There is a slight pencil sketch, apparently of mountains and buildings, made with the page turned horizontally. This presumably preceded the list of places made in pen and brown ink, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation and continuing from the verso (D02175):
Berry Pomeroy C 3 Totness
Lidford C
Cornwall
St Berries CC Pensanze [sic]
St Michael Mount
Launceston C
St Michael
Restormel Lostwistle [sic]
Fowey
Pendennis
Dorset
Abbotsbury A- 8 Weymouth
Cerne 8 Dorchester
Milton A 8
Winburn [sic]
Corfe . 4 Wareham
Lulworth C & Cove 7 W
Brownsea Poole
Finberg identified this list of West Country sites as copied from James Moore’s A List of the Principal Castles and Monasteries in Great Britain (London 1798),1 with the Cornish places taken from page 6,2 and the Dorset ones from page 10.3 Turner would visit most if not all of them in the course of tours in 1811, 1813 and 1814.
1
A.J. Finberg (died 1939), MS note in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, opposite p.118.
2
Ibid.
3
Ibid., opposite p.119.
Technical notes:
There is a smear of colour along the outer edge of the page, from folio 118 recto (D02172).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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