Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscriptions by Turner: Accounts

c.1813–14

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 × 69 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08307
Turner Bequest CXXII 15

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, the following accounts occupy the top half:
            3393 Oct Red.  
         200 
         S 
            3193 
            200 Jany 4 – 14 
            3393 
            100 Jany 19. 14 
            3493 
Towards the bottom, the following two-stage calculation in pounds, shillings and pence appears in ink.
            2283  9  3 
             350      - 350 
            2633 
             260 
              400 
             3393   Oct   1813 
This sum appears to provide the first figure for the upper inscription, although the total for the lower sum should apparently be 3293. ‘3393’ appears as the first figure in a further sum on folio 14 verso opposite (D08306). The ‘Red’ (Reduced) stocks figure of £2283 nine shillings and three pence occurs elsewhere on folios 12 verso and 13 recto (D08302, D08303) and on the separate sheet of calculations associated with this sketchbook (D40900; [Turner Bequest CXXII (4) verso]), as well as in the Hastings sketchbook (Tate D07670, D07683, D07685; Turner Bequest CXI 49, 57a, 58a). ‘260’, with the associated date 16 June 1813, is also on D08302 and folio 14 recto (D08305). The figure ‘3493’ also occurs on folio 8 verso (D08296). For more on Turner’s finances as set out in the extensive notes in this sketchbook, see the Introduction.
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Matthew Imms
September 2013

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