Joseph Mallord William Turner

Offset: Fire at the Grand Storehouse of the Tower of London

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 235 x 325 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40152

Catalogue entry

This is the verso of D27852 (Turner Bequest CCLXXXIII 7), and bears watercolour traces offset from D27853 (Turner Bequest CCLXXXIII 8). It is one of a series of eight such offsets in a sequence showing that the nine closely related watercolour studies D27846–D27854 (Turner Bequest CCLXXXIII 1–9) were still bound together at the time of this transference to the adjacent versos in the sequence, though when this was remains a moot point (see the Technical notes in the Introduction to the sketchbook). The effect was not recorded in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory.1

Matthew Imms
April 2014

1
See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.II, p.909

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