Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Another Hand ?and Turner: Notes of Artists’ Materials and Prices


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Support: 158 × 98 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXIII 41 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbooks foliation, the upper half of the page is inscribed in pen and brown ink:
1801. Jany 11th s d
Bladder Colours – 1’ 9
3 Cakes Colour – 2 -
By return Cake Colour 8/
Bladder Colour – 3/
Febry 23d. 1801. settled & Recd
given ––– On a 4d Stamp
The first six lines are cancelled with a large ‘X’, perhaps by Turner. The last three lines are in another hand, presumably that of James Newman, whose initials comprise the last line. For the colourman James Newton see under folio 6 recto (D03741), on which page there are further notes of purchases of pigments and brushes in the same hand as the first six lines here, signed ‘[?J.] Brown’; the brief related note inside the back cover opposite (D40808) also seems to be in the latter’s hand.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

Revised by Matthew Imms
April 2015

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