Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscriptions by Turner and his Stockbroker William Marsh: Accounts


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 69 x 112 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXII (4)

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The half of the page to the left of the central fold is blank. The right-hand half is taken up with the following accounts in pounds, shillings and pence, with the dated listing ‘in the Stockbroker’s handwriting, except the names inserted after “Bought,” which are by Turner’, as Finberg noted, although he thought the separate calculations (which incorporate the figure listed under 25 May were ‘probably in Turner’s hand’;1 however, the lower passage, including idiosyncratic ‘3’s, ‘7’s and horizontal ‘8’s, seems consistent with the upper:
        1810       Mr Turner 
        3 Jany     Sd, £100 Red 
        19 Oxford  Bot, 50 Cons.  
        16 May     Bt Phillip     143.12.6 Red 
        18 ”       Bt Phillip     142.12.– Do.  
        25 ”       Bt Pelham     423 . 5 . 7 Cons 
        14 June    Bt Egremont   428 .11. 5 Red 
        18 ”       Bt Lonsdale    598 .18. 7 D o.  
        26 July    Bt Fuller      250 Consv
               423 . 5 . 7 
               723 . 5 . 7 
               873 . 5 . 7 
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. The ‘Stockbroker’s handwriting’ matches the flowing script on D08357, which includes the words ‘Wm, Marsh, Stock Broker, 5, Sweeting’s Alley’, presumably inscribed by Marsh himself, and on D08358.
As Finberg observes, in this ‘one – and only one – of Marsh’s accounts’ to have survived, the transactions cover January–July 1810,2 and were presumably written up at one sitting soon afterwards. All the named entries except ‘Oxford’ also appear with the same associated figures in the Hastings sketchbook, followed by the note ‘Bought this year 1810’ (Tate D07686; Turner Bequest CXI 59). The £723 five shillings and seven pence towards the bottom may relate to the ‘773 5 7’ and ‘723’ mentioned in the extensive inscriptions on the other side of the sheet (D40900). ‘Red’ stands for Reduced stocks, and ‘Cons’ for Consols (i.e. consolidated stocks).
Finberg 1909, I, p.336; see also Finberg 1961, p.170.
Finberg 1961, p.170.
Ibid., p.171.
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.73–4 no.102, pl.109 (colour); see also Evelyn Joll, ‘Wyatt, James (1774–1853)’ in Joll, Martin Butlin and Luke Herrmann (eds.), The Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 2001, p.389.
Finberg 1961, p.171.
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.74–5 no.104, pl.111 (colour); see also Robert Upstone, ‘Phillips, Sir George (1789–1863)’ in Joll, Butlin and Herrmann 2001, p.227.
Finberg 1961, p.171.
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.128–9 no.210, pl.213 (colour); see also Robert Upstone, ‘Yarborough, Charles Anderson Pelham, first Baron Yarborough (1749–1823)’ in Joll, Butlin and Herrmann 2001, pp.[390]–1.
Finberg 1961, p.171.
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.79–80 no.113, pl.120 (colour).
Ibid., p.77 no.108, pl.115 (colour); see also Alastair Laing, ‘Egremont, third Earl of (1751–1837)’ in Joll, Butlin and Herrmann 2001, pp.84–6.
Finberg 1961, p.171.
Butlin and Joll 1984, respectively pp.78–9 no.111, pl.116, and p.79 no.112, pl.117; see also Evelyn Joll, ‘Lonsdale, Earl of (1757–1844)’ in Joll, Butlin and Herrmann 2001, p.178.
Finberg 1961, p.171.
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.75–6 no.105, pl.112; see also Shanes 1981, p.5; and Robert Upstone, ‘Fuller, Jack [John]’ in Joll, Butlin and Herrmann 2001, p.117.
Brooks 1990, p.54.

Matthew Imms
September 2013

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