Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: A Draft List of ‘Liber Studiorum’ EP Subjects

c.1808–18

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 x 89 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D12162
Turner Bequest CLIV a 26 a

Catalogue entry

Most of the page, turned vertically, is taken up with the following list:
     EP   
1   St Cath[...] Hill   
2   Chepstow River Wye   
    Clyde fall   
    Walton Bridges   
    Berry Pomeroy   
    Minerva Medica   
    Castle   
done Bridge   
    My Chepstow   
    Lewis Sheep   
    Tall Tree   
    Say Castle and Mn   
    Isleworth1   
This is one of a series of working lists of subjects within the various categories of Turner’s Liber Studiorum series of landscape prints, running from folio 26 verso to folio 32 recto (D12160–D12171; Turner Bequest CLIV a 25a–31). An annotated version, with full details of the subjects and their publishing history, can be found in the present author’s overall Introduction to the section of this catalogue dealing with the watercolour studies for the Liber (c.1806–24). ‘EP’, which is also inscribed without explanation on the published prints, is usually taken to indicate ‘Elevated Pastoral’ subjects in the classical style of Claude Lorrain (see the main Liber Introduction); this particular list concludes on folio 28 recto opposite (D12163).
A provisional list of the first ten parts of a projected twenty, each part comprising five prints drawn from different categories, runs from folio 24 verso to folio 25 verso (D12156–D12158; Turner Bequest CLIV a 23a, 24, 24a); this has been dated to 1808. Since some of the subjects in the category lists appear to have been added as late as 1818,2 the pages are all dated here to c.1808–18.

Matthew Imms
September 2013

1
See Forrester 1996, p.161 (transcription, followed here with slight variations)
2
Ibid., p.14.

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