Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: Title of Sketchbook

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40894

Catalogue entry

Ian Warrell has noted how Turner organised his sketchbooks from the 1819–20 Italian tour with paper spine labels and marking ‘the outer edges of the pages of his standard size books with numbers indicating the sequence in which they had been used, suggesting that he perhaps stowed this core group in a box for frequent reference’.1 In this case, the number ‘4’ marking the top edge of the page block is not repeated here, while the label on the spine (D40893) appears to be numbered ‘9’, although just possibly it could also be ‘4’.2

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
Ian Warrell, Turner’s Sketchbooks, London 2014, p.15.
2
Ibid., p.234.

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