Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: A Note Concerning a Delivery


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 69 × 112 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Catalogue entry

This note is on the verso of a printed slip with handwritten charges for carriage and porterage from the Saracen’s Head, a London coaching inn (D08356; CXXII (1)). The slip is one of a grouping of four loose papers kept in the integral pocket inside the front cover of the Finance sketchbook (D40898). Two others (D08357, D08358; Turner Bequest CXXII (2), (3)) are pre-printed Bank of England slips with manuscript additions. A fourth is a much-folded sheet of accounts (D08359, D40900; Turner Bequest CXXII (4) and verso).
The upper half is taken up with the following note:
        Weight 40½ [‘lb’ inserted above] | Came Thursday week – |
        Jany 13 1814
Turner’s ‘lb’ signifies pounds, equating to about a weight of about 18 kilograms for the item(s). 13 January 1814 was a Thursday, so Turner may either have been writing on 20 January about an otherwise unspecified delivery the previous week, or on 13 January itself about the week before that.
Technical notes:
All but the left-hand edge are slightly irregular. The sheet has several long-standing creases, particularly along the vertical axis, and was perhaps casually folded on receipt of the bill on its recto.

Matthew Imms
September 2013

Read full Catalogue entry

You might like

In the shop