Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscriptions by Turner Relating to Print Publication Projects


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 118 × 75 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCX 88 a

Catalogue entry

This list inscribed by Turner includes some of the subjects for designs produced for particular engraving and print publication projects. The list is transcribed thus:
‘1 Brighton Coast
2 Portsmouth Coast
3 Ditto Lupton
4 Arundel Rivers
1 Portsmouth
5 Arundel
6 Wharfedale Heath
Subjects one and two refer to the watercolours Brighthelmstone and Portsmouth engraved by George Cooke and William Miller respectively for the Picturesque Views of the Southern Coast of England series, published between 1814 and 1826 (see Tate impressions T05288–T05295, T05303–T05304, T05994). Brighthelmstone (i.e. Brighton) and Portsmouth were published in 1825.1 Subjects three (‘Portsmouth’), four (‘Arundel’),‘Kirkstall’ and ‘Knaresboro’ are related to W.B. Cooke’s Rivers and Ports of England series, to which the engravers G.M. Phillips, Thomas Goff ‘Lupton’, William Say, and J. Bromley contributed (see Tate impressions T04810–T04811, T04815, T04816, T04834). A design for ‘Shoreham’ may have been developed for the Ports of England or Southern Coast series, according to Turner scholars Eric Shanes and Andrew Wilton.2 The watercolour of Shoreham is now housed at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery and was never engraved or published in connection with a particular series. Subjects five (‘Arundel’), six (‘Wharefdale’), and ‘Knaresborough’ appear to be connected with publisher Charles Heath’s project: Picturesque Views in England and Wales, a major series of one hundred views produced for engraving between late 1824 and early 1836 (see Tate impressions T04510, T04536–T04537, T0462, T06109).3 Number five, Arundel Castle and Town, Sussex, was published in 1834, while the Wharfedale subject (Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire) was released in 1827, followed a year later by Knaresborough in 1828.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2015

For more information on this project see Luke Herrmann, entry for ‘Picturesque Views of the Southern Coast of England’ in Evelyn Joll, Martin Butlin and Luke Herrmann (eds.), The Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 2001, p.307.
See Shanes 1981, p.39 and Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.403 no.883.
For more information on this project see Eric Shanes, entry for ‘Picturesque Views in England and Wales’ in Evelyn Joll, Martin Butlin and Luke Herrmann (eds.), The Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 2001, pp.87–9. See also Matthew Imms, ‘Colour Studies Relating to ‘Picturesque Views in England and Wales’ c.1825–39’, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2013,

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