Joseph Mallord William Turner

Pencil Tests or Doodles

1817

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 232 x 328 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D12262
Turner Bequest CLVI 1

Catalogue entry

There is one zigzag pencil mark towards the top right corner, together with a few other short strokes, presumably by Turner, either as doodles or to try out a pencil. Finberg does not mention them.
A note of the book’s original schedule number and contents has been endorsed by Turner’s executors Charles Turner, Charles Lock Eastlake and John Prescott Knight, starting at the top left in ink: ‘No 226 | 27 in pencil & 2 in Colour | CTurner’; and initialled in pencil ‘C.L.E.’ and ‘JPK’ below.

Matthew Imms
February 2010

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