Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Walter Fawkes: The Artist’s Name and Address


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Pen and ink on paper
Support: 128 × 227 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Catalogue entry

The June or July 1824 postmark indicates Otley, north-west of Leeds, and the confident, sloping name and address appears to be in the hand of Walter Fawkes (1769–1825), Turner’s close friend and major patron, of nearby Farnley Hall (see David Hill’s ‘Farnley Hall and Yorkshire c.1808–24’ section in the present catalogue); compare a letter from him to Turner from about 1818 (Tate D12123; Turner Bequest CLIV Y).
Turner used the other side (Tate D27656; Turner Bequest CCLXXX 139) for a compositional study. Compare Tate D40449, an envelope addressed to Fawkes, with a design for a painting on the other side (Tate D34924; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 427).
Technical notes:
The envelope was folded horizontally above the centre and vertically about a quarter and three-quarters of the way across.

Matthew Imms
August 2016

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