Joseph Mallord William Turner

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

c.1808–18

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 × 89 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D12171
Turner Bequest CLIV a 31

Catalogue entry

Turned vertically, over half the page is taken up with the following list:
Pan and Syrinx
Woman of Samaria
Glacus and Scylla
Esacus and [?Hesperie]
Tempest
Deluge
Hannibal
[?Cambycus] and the Desert
Carthage
Elisha. Vally [sic] of Bones
Python1
This is the last of a series of working lists of subjects within the various categories of Turner’s Liber Studiorum series of landscape prints, beginning on folio 26 verso (D12160; Turner Bequest CLIV a 25a). 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 ‘Historical’ subjects here are additional to those on folio 31 verso opposite (D12170; Turner Bequest CLIV a 30a).
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.
1
See Forrester 1996, p.163 (transcription, followed here with slight variations)
2
Ibid., p.14.
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Matthew Imms
September 2013

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