Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscriptions by Turner: Accounts and a Financial Summary

c.1810

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 69 x 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40900

Catalogue entry

The following accounts and summary of Turner’s assets are in pencil, except for the first four lines of the sum at the top left and the sum and notes at top right, which are in ink. As this is a working document, Turner made occasional corrections to the figures as he went – those shown below appear to be the intended amendments. The estimated tally of assets below runs to the foot of the sheet and then continues in a second column to the right of the central fold:
     R     2283 9 3              573 . 5 7
     C     773 5 7   573          250
     5     4110 1 4   200         823 5 7
           7166 16 2   773          50 –– Sold Augt 18
           7166 16 2               773 Sold Augt 25.
           7056               [?C]   50 |
                             [?C] S  723
                7000
                1300 Odds and Ends
                 500 Drawings for Liber Stu
                 200 Large Drawings
                 400 Sir John
                1000 Fawkes
                 200 Fuller
                10,600                13150
                                     2700
                 400 Richmond
                 100 Bucks           10450
                  50 Atlas
               11,150                colord sketches
                2000 Probable Advantage   300
                     of Liber Studiorum   300 Books Furniture
                13150                 Picture of last year
                1000 Loss            300
                 500 Richmond       11350
                1200 Expenses of [?Gallery]
This is one of a grouping of four loose papers kept in the integral pocket inside the front cover of the Finance sketchbook (D40898). One, D08356 (Turner Bequest CXXII (1)), is a receipt from a London coaching inn, with a delivery note on the back (D40899). Two others (D08357, D08358; Turner Bequest CXXII (2), (3)) are pre-printed Bank of England slips with manuscript additions. There are further accounts on the recto (D08359; Turner Bequest CXXII (4)). The figures at the top right also appear on one of the Bank of England slips (D08358), presumably filled in at or near the same time.
1
Finberg 1961, p.170; transcription and dating followed in Bailey 1997, p.108, and Powell 2001, p.107.
2
See Finberg 1909, I, p.337, footnote†, and Finberg 1924, p.lxxxi.
3
See also Finberg 1924, p.lxxxi–ii; Finberg 1961, p.172; Forrester 1996, pp.51 note 2, 159.
4
Finberg 1961, p.172.
5
See Finberg 1909, I, pp.302–3 (with transcription), Finberg 1924, p.lxxxi, and Forrester 1996, p.159 (with transcription).
6
Finberg 1961, p.172; see also Wilkinson 1982, p.7.
7
See Charles Sebag-Montefiore, ‘Leicester, Sir John Fleming (1762–1827)’ in Evelyn Joll, Martin Butlin and Luke Herrmann (eds.), The Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 2001, pp.164–5.
8
See Bailey 1997, p.109.
9
See James Hamilton, ‘Fawkes, Walter Ramsden (1769–1825)’ in Joll, Butlin and Herrmann 2001, pp.103–5.
10
See Finberg 1912, p.4, Hill, Warburton and Tussey 1980, p.35, Hill 1980, p.5, Hill and Densley 1988, p.12, and Bailey 1997, pp.109, 216.
11
See Robert Upstone, ‘Fuller, Jack [John]’ in Joll, Butlin and Herrmann 2001, p.117.
12
See Finberg 1961, pp.171, 192, and Bailey 1997, p.109.
13
Youngblood 1982, p.22.
14
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.56 no.73, pl.83.
15
Finberg 1961, p.171, gives the price as ‘£102’, following his own transcription (Finberg 1909, I, p.337) of the notes here, though Turner’s figure is a round ‘100’.
16
See Youngblood 1982, pp.22, 34 note 43.
17
See ‘About Us’, Guardian Financial Services, accessed 29 April 2013, http://www.guardianfs.co.uk/about_us/.
18
Both instances are indexed in Finberg 1909, II, p.1262, as ‘Atlas Insurance Co.’
19
Finberg 1924, p.lxxxii.
20
Ibid.
21
See Luke Herrmann, ‘Turner’s Gallery and Exhibitions’ in Joll, Butlin and Herrmann 2001, pp.349–50; see also James Hamilton, ‘Harley Street’ and ‘Queen Anne Street West’ in ibid., pp.135 and [252].
22
See also the posthumous listings of the contents of Turner’s library and his Queen Anne Street house in Andrew Wilton, Turner in his Time, London 1987, pp.246–8 (and 2006 ed., pp.246–7), and David Blayney Brown and Rosalind Mallord Turner, Turner’s Gallery, House and Library, exhibition catalogue, Clore Gallery, Tate Britain, London 2001.
23
See Finberg 1909, I, p.337, footnote†, and Finberg 1961, p.172; see also Egerton 1998, p.271 note 17.
24
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.53–4 no.69, pl.79 (colour).
25
John Gage, Collected Correspondence of J.M.W. Turner with an Early Diary and a Memoir by George Jones, Oxford 1980, p.45 letter no.36.
26
See Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.53–4, and Egerton 1998, pp.268–9.
27
Finberg 1961, p.172; see also Bailey 1997, p.109.
28
Finberg 1961, p.172.

Matthew Imms
September 2013

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