Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: Names and Addresses

?1794

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 70 x 135 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40040

Catalogue entry

This inscription, on one half of a folded sheet (the recto of this half being D00334; Turner Bequest XXI H 1), is not mentioned in Finberg’s 1909 Turner Bequest catalogue.1 William Blake of Newhouse was to become a significant patron of Turner’s in the later 1790s; this is the first record of contact between them. Blake may have been taught drawing by Turner: a watercolour by Blake in Turner’s style is in the British Museum, London (1962–11–10–1).2
It is possible that Blake commissioned a view of Valle Crucis based on the drawing on the other half of the recto of this sheet (D00335; Turner Bequest XXI H 2). No watercolour answering to that description is known, but an ambitious finished work (Tate D00703; Turner Bequest XXVIII R), which shows the ruins in a different view, may have been intended for him.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

1
See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.33.
2
See Martin Butlin, Andrew Wilton and John Gage, Turner 1775–1851, exhibition catalogue, Royal Academy, London 1974, pp.176–7 no.B18.

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