Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner; A List of Proposed Staffage for Watercolours


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Support: 111 × 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLIII 1

Catalogue entry

The inscription reads:
1              2 Ladies – 1 Gentleman – taking the air
2              – About 3 – Ducks – 2 Mallard –
                                          Nothing else stirring
3              2 Stags – 3 Hinds –
4              a few Deer cantering off in the
                Distance – 2 Men on shooting ponies
                entering from gate with the Park
               Keeper on foot
5              – Deer below
6              Deer below – Rabbit Shooter
It is not certain that the handwriting is Turner’s and the present writer has suggested that it may be that of Walter Fawkes, since it proposes staffage for finished watercolours based on some of the sketches on the pages following. The sketches concerned have corresponding numbers inscribed by the same hand, but the staffage in the respective watercolours, all made for Walter Fawkes, accords exactly only in a few instances.

David Hill
June 2009

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