Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: Numbers and Dates

?1797

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 93 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40763

Catalogue entry

At the top left, Turner has inscribed the following numbers and dates in pen and brown ink:
2866    4 Decr  97
6906    8 Dc    97
6765    3 Nov 97
4459    1 Decr 97
Across the centre of the page is the endorsement of the executors of the Turner Bequest, Henry Scott Trimmer, John Prescott Knight and Charles Lock Eastlake, in ink ‘No. 361 – | 66 leaves of sketches | in colour – | H S Trimmer’, and in pencil below to the left ‘JPK’ and ‘C.L.E.’.
There is a further pencil annotation by curator Arthur Magyer Hind, now rather faint against the brown wash:
Leaves replaced Nov 1934
128a)          after 120
128  )
                              AMH
This change was made at the time when many Turner Bequest sketchbooks were restored and rebound at the British Museum after the 1928 Tate Gallery flood. See the concordance in the Technical notes to the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Andrew Wilton
September 2012

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