Joseph Mallord William Turner

Small Sea-Piece; and Notes on Lithographic Technique

1821

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 189 x 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18558
Turner Bequest CCXI 22

Catalogue entry

Turner’s inscription (see above) has been identified as relating to the lithographic process and to a set of lithographs entitled Voyages pittoresque et romantiques dans l’ancienne France, published in 1821 by Isadore Taylor (1789–1879) and Charles Nodier (1780–1844); see folios 10 verso and 20 (Tate D18541, D18555; Turner Bequest CCXI 10v, 20).1 Perhaps the tiny thumbnail composition of a shipping scene at the top right of the page may be copied from a lithograph.

Thomas Ardill
March 2013

1
Warrell 1997, pp.16, 206 note 15; and Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp.24, 253 note 44.

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