Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscriptions by Turner

c.1812

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 180 × 107 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06624
Turner Bequest CI 5 a

Catalogue entry

Turner’s inscriptions, hurriedly written, read:
16 Feet – wanting 5 Inches 
 8 Feet – w       1 
13 F.             9 
 6 F.             10 
These dimensions are similar to those written, more tidily, in ink on a small piece of paper now attached to the inner front cover of the sketchbook. See Introduction to the book for the suggestion that these notes relate to Turner’s architectural project for Sandycombe Lodge at Twickenham, probably under construction during 1812.

David Blayney Brown
December 2006

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