Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscriptions by Turner and Others

1835

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 159 × 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41211

Catalogue entry

Pencil on cream wove paper, 159 x 100 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner and others with phrases in German and English (transcribed in full in main catalogue entry)
Stamped in black ‘CCCI’ top centre
Here Turner and possibly two other contributors have inscribed phrases in German and English, which continue on the folio opposite (Tate D30296; Turner Bequest CCCI 1). They are transcribed thus:
‘I wishen in zu [...]
Can ich platz neem
[...] verda ich [...]
Can ich [...] Engang
Can ich danin gehen
Dahin
[...] glass of WW [...]
Chaudeau
M[...] al[...]
[...]’
Similar phrases can be found on Tate D30373, D30888–D30889, D31020–D31026, D41212; Turner Bequest CCCI 40a, CCCVI 1–1a, CCCVII 1–4. These presumably would have been of great use to Turner as he travelled around Prussia.

Alice Rylance-Watson
September 2015

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