Joseph Mallord William Turner

Arithmetic (Inscription by Turner)

c.1812–13

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 110 x 178 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09186
Turner Bequest CXXIX 106 a

Catalogue entry

Turner’s figures read:
  90          4400         550
    5            630
450          5030
  90
540
This appears to be a financial calculation in which Turner works out the augmentation of a sum of 4400 by seven increments of 90 each.

David Hill
October 2008

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