Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Diagram; and a Coat of Arms


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 × 183 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Catalogue entry

Across the centre of the page are a few lines that may represent the outline of a hill, or perhaps the course of a river. There is a similar sketch on folio 89 verso (D26091; CCLXVII 91a). Beneath this is a faint sketch of a shield or coat of arms, perhaps sketched by Turner at Dryburgh D25972; CCLXVII 25). Alternatively, it could be a sketch of an item in the possession of Sir Walter Scott, as the poet collected memorabilia of Scottish history (see folios 65 verso–66 verso; D26043–D26045; CCLXVII 67a–68a). Finally, there is an inscription by Turner at the top right of the page, written with the sketchbook turned to the left, although this has not been deciphered.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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