Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Inside Back Cover:
Studies of Plants and Flowers 1819
Pencil on white wove paper, 197 x 122 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘P[...]’, ‘orange’, ‘Fig P’, ‘Red [...]’ and ‘[?sponge B...] within sketches top left, and ‘[?Hare ...] top right. Also ‘W [?Diana]’, ‘wood yellow’, ‘W white [?I..] | [?Erica]’, and ‘Dark G Myrtle’, ‘Yellow top | W under’ within central sketches. Also ‘[?cath]’ and ‘yellow wormwood’ bottom
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.542.
Cecilia Powell, ‘Turner on Classic Ground: His Visits to Central and Southern Italy and Related Paintings and Drawings’, unpublished Ph.D thesis, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London 1984, p.180 note 42.
Cecilia Powell, Turner in the South: Rome, Naples, Florence, New Haven and London 1987, p.79 note 35.
Turner has used the inside back cover of the sketchbook to make several swift sketches of plants and flowers, presumably dating from his 1819 exploration of Naples and the surrounding area. Amongst the identifiable species are studies of fig leaves, myrtle and wormwood.
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