Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: An Address and a Name

c.1808–18

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 53 x 89 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D12214
Turner Bequest CLIV a 64 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned vertically, this page – missing its outer half, which has been roughly torn away – is inscribed ‘40 [?Chancery] | Mrs Starkey’. Finberg’s reading of the first word may well be correct, although it tails off. Lincoln’s Inn Chambers, a modern building, now occupies 40–43 Chancery Lane, east of Lincoln’s Inn Fields in London’s legal quarter. Who Mrs Starkey was, and whether she lived at the address or had dealings with Turner through lawyers there, has yet to be established.

Matthew Imms
September 2013

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