Joseph Mallord William Turner

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


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 112 x 89 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLIV a 27

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, the following notes run down from close to the gutter:
Egremonts Isis
ditto Thames1
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). The three subjects here conclude the list of ‘EP’ subjects beginning on folio 27 verso opposite (D12162; Turner Bequest CLIV a 26a). ‘EP’, 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).
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.
At the outer edge of the page, inverted in relation to the Liber notes, is the following:
4      20      [?G]    
                        4 -   
      1 Rood   
A rood is a measurement of area; the significance of the notes is as yet undetermined. There is another inscription featuring a ‘Rood’ on folio 23 recto (D12154; CLIV a 22).

Matthew Imms
September 2013

See Forrester 1996, p.162 (transcription, followed here with slight variations)
Ibid., p.14.

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