Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: Notes

c.1834–6

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 101 x 77 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28857
Turner Bequest CCXCI b 48

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, Turner has written nine lines of what appear to be continuous prose notes, becoming increasingly cramped and scrawled as they progress. It seems effectively impossible to recover the overall sense, but the following is a highly speculative and incomplete attempt at a transcription, its tenor perhaps suggesting some matter of business:
The [?sl...] M [?being] | and [?the Largest] E [?l] | My dis[...] | [?In B...] shall [?come] | before [?my being M...] | is [?filled] for [?N ...] [‘?before’ inserted below] | [?my ..., ap...] | [?there short ... 2 ...] | [... ?up by my G ...]
For other notes in this sketchbook, see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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