Joseph Mallord William Turner

Itinerary and Expenses (Inscriptions by Turner)

1805

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 182 × 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40595

Catalogue entry

Turner’s notes read:
Hampton            3 
Ripley            12  6 
Lock               2  6 
W                  1  6 
Guilford           10 
                   2 
Boat               5 
Godalming          10  6 
Man                2 
St Cath            3   6.    2  11 6 

This is an itinerary of Turner’s tour of the Wey and Godalming Navigations; see Introduction to the sketchbook. Hill notes that the larger expenses would indicate overnight stays or moorings. Finberg misread Turner’s reference to St. Catherine’s, the lock and ferry near Guildford, as ‘1st Catch’ and took it to refer to Turner’s fishing activities. Hill reads ‘12’ for the ‘11’ on the bottom line. He speculates that as the inscription is ‘upside down in relation to the sketches of Windsor and the Wey which follow it ... it seems possible that at some stage the cover has been reversed’.

David Blayney Brown
July 2008

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