Joseph Mallord William Turner

Plans; Inscriptions by Turner

c.1818–20

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 108 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07061
Turner Bequest CV 55 a

Catalogue entry

There are two plans, and a number of dimensions and calculations, all made with the sketchbook inverted. Presumable these are connected with Turner’s various plans for a picture gallery; see Introduction for Turner’s new gallery behind his house in Queen Anne Street West, opened in 1822.
The inscriptions are as follows. Across the top of the sheet:
50            20            17  –  34 
17             7     119     6     11       66 
               4                             4 
              ¯¯ 
             476      23.6                 264    13     4 
Against the left-hand plan: ‘12’ and ‘6 yd’ running vertically at either side and ‘10’ and ‘3 ½’ below it.
At lower left:
19 yd wanting 
 6 
¯¯ 
132 
 
 14 
  8 
¯¯¯ 
112       2 

David Blayney Brown
June 2010

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