Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscriptions by Turner: Accounts

1830

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 78 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22323
Turner Bequest CCXL 1

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, Turner has inscribed the following in ink:
Ex. 2699 –         1000
         454
             5             600
             6    200
       1428
             9
           30   100     400
             1
             30 Sept. 30
Note.        401          £100 m[...]
                       23 July
At right angles to this along the top of the page is the following in ink:
4228   .    .      9,    10.
    18 of Sept 1830
Along the bottom edge is the following in pencil:
14823 –            20    [...]      Augst [sic]
    228 –            13 July – 300
As Finberg notes,1 some of these figures also appear in a rather blotchy ink inscription inside the front cover of the Arundel and Shoreham sketchbook, in use at about the same time (Tate D41062; Turner Bequest CCXLV):
14823   ,       20       [?19 Augt]
401–           100           23 Augt
228             300       [?13] July
The significance of the figures is unclear, but presumably they relate to transactions and balances in the summer and autumn of 1830. There are further financial notes inside the front cover opposite (D41056), and on folios 3 recto, 4 recto, 5 recto, 6 recto, 8 recto and 9 recto (D22327, D22329, D22331, D22332, D22334, D22335); those from D22427 onwards each comprise two or three lines, setting out payment dates, rates and holdings of different types of long-term investments.2

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
Finberg 1909, II, pp.737, 747.
2
For Turner’s finances in general, see N.R.D. Powell, ‘Finance and Property’ in Evelyn Joll, Martin Butlin and Luke Herrmann (eds.), The Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 2001, pp.107–8.

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