Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: Notes on West Country Topography, from John Feltham’s ‘Watering and Sea-Bathing Places’


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 181 × 228 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXXVII 1

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The whole page is taken up with the following inscription:
Lulworth cove water for 80 Ton burthen
Portland 4 miles from Weymouth
Ferry at the end calld Smallbrook the water calld the Fleet 5 miles
Chesil bank extends from Port to Abbotbury 9 miles long .. Chiswell
The pebbles get smaller as the [sic] receded from Portland
Light House at Portland built by Mr Johns of Wey 63 feet high conical geometrical staircase
Torbay to be seen the distance 25 leagues near is Cave’s hole perforated thro from E to West
The inhabitants of Portland the ancient Belares. the Reevepole the Saxon mode of keeping account of land
Some traces of a Roman ecampment [sic] behind the Portland Arms
Abbotbury founded by Orcus Steward to the household of K Canute St Catharines Chapel sea marks | Swannery and De[...]y [i.e. ‘Decoy’]
Dorchester &c a mile to the right a R <Encampment> [inserted above: ‘amphitheatre calld Manbury’] near the village of Moncton [‘k’ inserted above, i.e. ‘Monckton’]. Maiden Castle | the most perfect Encampment of an Oval form arear between 40 & 50 acres treble ditch
Lulworth Castle built about 1600 seat of Thos Weld. entertained their Majesties
Weymouth 128. on the R Wye Melcombe Regis formerley Wey carried a great trade rivald by Poole
Bay 2 m extent Ralp Allen E. of Bath constructed the first Machine 1760 [corrected from ‘1660’] for his own use Tues Frdy | market days Spring at Nottington contains hepatic phlogisticated & fixed air digestive salt of | Sylvius vegetable and mineral alkali strongly resembling the Moffatt water
Barn-door or Durdle rock on the north shore
Lyme . Regis where the Duke of Monmouth landed
Teignmouth 187 – 15 from Ex. Danes landed 800 and by the French div[...]d into two E and W by a | rivulet [‘calld the Tame’ inserted above] West T belongs to Bishop Teignton E to Dawlish. partly Saxon or Early Norman | corbel of Head animals on the circular apertures [?down] or staircase narrow window C head
Pipe clay . trade and fish the R rises on Dartmoor passes by Bradley an ancient Gothic | House the property of Tho Lane Esqr
Shanes 1990, p.9; see also Butlin, Wilton and Gage 1974, p.66, Shanes 1981, p.7, Hanley 1992, p.6, and Hamilton 1997, p.145.
Thornbury 1862, I, pp.370–1; Thornbury 1897, pp.483–4.
Gage 1987 p.42.
See Ebdon 2005, pp.13–14.
See ibid., p.4.
See ibid., pp.4, 15.
See ibid., p.15.
See ibid., p.16.
See John H. Farrant, ‘Grose, Francis (bap. 1731, d. 1791)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, accessed 17 May 2011,; as suggested by David Blayney Brown, author of other entries in the present sketchbook, in conversation with the author, May 2011.

Matthew Imms
May 2011

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