Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: A Midlands Itinerary


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 181 × 111 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XIX 3

Catalogue entry

The page, turned vertically, is taken up with the following notes in ink:
to the Easward [sic] of Shifneal is Tong a.
magnfluent [sic] Castle and Church in the style
of a Cathedrail at the Foot of a mountain
Calld Wrekin near the Severn Buildwas
Abby.. Shrewsbury a Castle Abby.
..two Bridges <...> Wrexham a
[?stately] Church Chirch [sic] on the left
between W & Eelemere [sic] on the
northern bank of the river Dee
near Chirk Dinas Bran
Chester a Bridge of Twelve .A.
a Tower on the B – a Town Hall
a Cathedrail 8 P Churches – the Wall
in a Square Form with walks on the top
a large ancient Castle several Gates
South of C- a Rock with a Figure in a
Field. Pallas. Shotwick the r of a Castle
Eas[t]ham an elegant B by Inigo Jones.
[?‘Helbury’ or ‘Melbury’]. a Priory eastward of Leek is
In his transcription, Finberg conjectures that ‘Helbury’ is Helsby. The rectos between folio 2 (D00208) and folio 6 (D00212) are filled with similar notes.
Technical notes:
Finberg notes ‘Probably a line cut off’,1 referring to the outer edge of the page, where Turner’s text ends in mid-sentence.
Finberg 1909, I, p.27.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram bottom left.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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