Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 253 × 200 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15544
Turner Bequest CLXXXIII 72

Catalogue entry

The inscribed word ‘clasp’ on this page corresponds with the position of the brass clasp which once fastened the covers of this sketchbook and perhaps indicates that the sheets within may have been bound up to Turner’s specifications following the artist’s 1819–20 tour of Italy.1 Peter Bower, however, has rejected James Hamilton’s theory that Turner did this for all of the sketchbooks used on this tour.2
1
Hamilton 1997, pp.203–4 and 326 note 40.
2
Bower 1999, p.40.
Verso:
Blank, except for grey watercolour wash

Nicola Moorby
September 2009

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