Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: Title of Sketchbook

c.1816

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 179 x 254 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40884

Catalogue entry

This inscription, noting both the main locales recorded in the sketchbook, looks to have been written at a single sitting given the consistency of the handwriting despite a generous separation of the two lines. Turner appears to have first written ‘Warfedale’, then corrected himself by converting the right-hand upstroke of the ‘W’ to ‘h’ and extending the first letter to the left. The words were adapted slightly by Finberg when he came to name the sketchbook in his 1909 Turner Bequest Inventory. There a briefer version on the label on the spine (D40878).

Matthew Imms
July 2014

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