Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Diagram; and Inscriptions

1821

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 189 × 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18540
Turner Bequest CCXI 10

Catalogue entry

Drawn in brown ink at the bottom right of the page is a diagram, probably to do with perspective. Across the top half of the page Turner has inscribed in pencil a list of watercolour commissions for Walter Fawkes, some of which can be identified and dated to 1821, helping to confirm the date of this sketchbook:
‘Mt. Cenis –
Vesuvius
Fusina }150 Gs [Venice from Fusina, 1821 (private collection)]1
Venice [Venice: The Rialto, 1820–1 (Indianapolis Museum of Art, Gift in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Hugo O. Pantzer by their Children)]2
Windermere [Windermere, 1821 (Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria)]3
St. Peters – [Interior of St Peter’s Rome, 1821 (The Morgan Library & Museum, New York )]4
Swords and Illustrations to Book. 5 Gs [a Fairfaxiana watercolour]
Oak Chest. Farnley D. 10 Gs’ [Fairfaxiana – Cabinet with Opening Doors, c.1815 (private collection)]
The following calculations are inscribed in pencil beneath:
‘165 – 173 – 5
Interest of 750. one year 37 – 10. 37 – 10
Total. 210 – 15’
And inscribed beneath that in brown ink:
‘Milan
Florence
Simplon
Ramage’

Thomas Ardill
March 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.383 no.721
2
Ibid., p.383 no.718.
3
Ibid., no.555.
4
Ibid., p.383 no.724.

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