Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: Sketchbook Title

1796

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 115 × 130 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40759

Catalogue entry

Turner’s inscription is not readily legible against the darkened leather cover. The title of the sketchbook is carefully written in the style of the varied fonts of the title page of a book or print portfolio, with ‘Studies’ in bold, rounded letters, ‘near’ in smaller regular letters, and ‘Brighton’ in steep italics. The ends of the last two words appear to have been largely rubbed away over time.

Matthew Imms
August 2014

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