In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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One of the most striking, and to many visitors sinister features of Turner's Queen Anne Street house was the large number of Manx cats who lived there. They belonged to Hannah Danby, his housekeeper since about 1809. Here, one of them has left its prints on the back of one of the illustrations Turner made for his Perspective lectures at the Royal Academy. Hannah herself also alarmed people, since a skin disease obliged her to keep most of her face bandaged.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

The verso of a perspective diagram (Tate D40265; Turner Bequest CXCV 3), this side is blank except for the paw prints of a cat.

Andrea Fredericksen
June 2004

Supported by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Revised by David Blayney Brown
January 2012

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