Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: Financial Notes

c.1830

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 76 × 98 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35758
Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 1

Catalogue entry

The whole page is taken up with the following notes:
7 as 6– – 25 [?pts] & 10 [?pts]
Commissions.
to be settled for by Bills at
6 months from Jan 1
& July 1 from the end of
each ½ year – 42. 3. 10
The ‘25’ and ‘10’ are each underlined twice for extra emphasis, but the words or letters following each are uncertain, and Finberg’s readings ‘pts’1 are retained for want of clearer ones. The figures and dates are typical of the detailed and slightly confused financial notes in many of Turner’s sketchbooks, and their meaning is as yet unknown, but they seem to relate to property (see also folio 16 recto; D35787) or a debt.2 The final figure is presumably 42 pounds, 3 shillings and tenpence. There are what seem to be related working figures inside the front cover opposite (D41226).

Matthew Imms
September 2016

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.1176.
2
See N.R.D. Powell, ‘Finance and Property’, in Evelyn Joll, Martin Butlin and Luke Herrmann (eds.), The Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 2001, pp.107–8.

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