Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: Title of Sketchbook


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Ink on paper
Support: 170 × 209 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Catalogue entry

The inscription indicates the parameters of the leg of Turner’s 1811 ‘Southern Coast’ tour covered by this sketchbook; views of Corfe Castle and Dartmouth appear towards the front and back respectively; Finberg’s phrasing implies that the sheet formed the cover at that time, but the book is now bound within a parchment cover (see the introduction to the sketchbook).
Technical notes:
There are a few stray ink splashes. As with the verso of the back endpaper as now bound (D41522), the paper is rubbed and darkened, a further indication that the endpapers originally formed the book’s cover.
Blank, save for inscriptions: by Turner’s executors Charles Turner, Henry Scott Trimmer, Sir Charles Lock Eastlake and John Prescott Knight in ink ‘No 167 C Turner | H.S. Trimmer’ top left, and in pencil ‘C.L.E.’ and JPK’ immediately below; in pencil ‘CXXIV’ top right; and stamped in black ‘CXXIV’ top left.

Matthew Imms
February 2011

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