Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ruins at Richborough; Inscription by Turner: Calculations

1845

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 86 x 111 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35671
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 102

Catalogue entry

At the bottom is a study of the skyline of Roman ruins at Richborough Castle, near Sandwich in Kent; see under folio 95 recto (D35658) for others views.
The upper half is taken up with the following calculations, made with the page turned vertically and overlapping slightly with the drawing:
[?Sold] at 46
4,000 –
Bt of 66
Lots – [?s]
18
48
25
15
1 of 3
101 – 97
4 guin
The significance of these typically convoluted financial notes is unclear, although the last word evidently signifies guineas.
Technical notes:
There is some brown staining at the gutter, possibly indicating water damage in the 1928 Tate flood.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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