Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscriptions by Turner: Title and Number of Sketchbook

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 × 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40890

Catalogue entry

Ian Warrell has noted how Turner organised his sketchbooks from the 1819–20 Italian tour with paper spine labels and marking ‘the outer edges of the pages of his standard size books with numbers indicating the sequence in which they had been used, suggesting that he perhaps stowed this core group in a box for frequent reference’.1 In this case, the number ‘3’ marking the bottom edge of the page block also appears here along with a brief note of the book’s ‘Milan to Venice’ itinerary, which Finberg noted in 1909 as being repeated on the label2 (since lost).

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
Ian Warrell, Turner’s Sketchbooks, London 2014, p.15; see also p.234.
2
See Finberg 1909, I, p.511.

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