This endpaper is inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘XIII [?Sou...] | G [...] | non omnia possumus omnes | Virg Ec 8 ver 631 | With [...] we [...]’, towards the left-hand (outer) edge, ascending vertically. He has also inscribed the following in ink at the bottom right, upside down in relation to the general sequence of the book:
<6> 7 1
<6> 7 1
See also a full page of accounts inside the back cover (D07354). The most prominent inscription is that of Turner’s executors, with the book’s original schedule number endorsed by Henry Scott Trimmer, Charles Lock Eastlake and John Prescott Knight, starting above the centre in ink: ‘No 375 | 7 <pa> leaves of pencil sketches | & manuscript [...] & | diagrams –. perspective | HS Trimmer’, and initialled in pencil ‘C.L.E.’ and ‘JPK’ below, near the centre of the page.
Judy Egerton renders Turner’s quotation from the Roman poet Virgil (whose Aeneid inspired many of his paintings) as ‘We’re not all capable of everything’. She suggests that it is a ‘rueful admission’ – albeit private – of his difficulties with perspective or at least the preparations for his Royal Academy lectures on the subject,2 with which many notes in this sketchbook are concerned.
There is some mottled staining or foxing to the sheet, apparently caused by proximity to front board or the glue with which the sheet is pasted down to its backing of laid paper, forming part of the construction of the bellows-type pocket inside the cover.