Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscriptions by G. Cooke

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 229 × 187 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Catalogue entry

A note by the engraver George Cooke (1781–1834) appears on this, the verso of Brighton; the Shore Looking West (Tate D25393; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 270). It is transcribed as follows:
 Dr Sir 
     Have the goodness to sign the | Enclosed in Mr Clark’s Note & | send it pr.  
 post before 8 tomorrow  | morning. 
                                          Yours truly 
                                          Thursday Evg. 
George Cooke was the brother of the engraver and publisher William Bernard Cooke, Turner’s collaborator on the Southern Coast (1816–20), Rivers of England (1823–7) and Marine Views (1824–5) print series. The Yale Prints and Drawings Curator Gillian Forrester writes that George Cooke ‘produced some twenty line engravings after Turner between 1813 and 1826’ though he is ‘chiefly known for his engravings for Picturesque Views of the Southern Coast of England (1814–26)’, a collaboration between both Cooke brothers and Turner.1

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2013

Evelyn Joll, Martin Butlin and Luke Herrmann (eds.), The Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 2001, p.63

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