Joseph Mallord William Turner

Printed Page of Coltman’s ‘British Itinerary’

1811

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Engraving on paper
Dimensions
Support: 117 × 75 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08385
Turner Bequest CXXIII 13

Catalogue entry

The whole page is taken up with the following printed text:
ADDRESS to the PUBLIC.
The inaccuracy & magnitude of works of this | kind, are so much objected to by travellers, that | the proprietors of the present undertaking, | are induced to offer the public a neat pocket | volume of the Roads of Great Britain; comprising | the most direct and usual travelling route, to | every Borough & commercial Town in the Kingdom | with the most frequented cross roads. To make | it more concise, obscure villages are omitted; & | those only noticed, where the traveller may | receive accommodation and enjoy convenience. | The seats of the Nobility and Gentry, as they are | so frequently changing their owners, are also | omitted; but blank pages are left to contain | the traveller’s observations.
Every attention has been paid to correctness, | & it is hoped that the work is as free as from error, | as the nature of it will admit; yet every sugges- | tion to render it more perfect will be thankfully | received. The proprietors trust that the very | heavy expence [sic] they have incurred, by engraving | it on copper, in preference to the less elegant | but cheaper mode of letter-press, will be consi- | dered as a proof that nothing will be omitted to | give it every degree of accuracy, and utility | which it is capable of receiving.
Communications addressed to either of the | publishers will be attended to.
For a concordance of the interleaved pages of the British Itinerary, see the introduction to the sketchbook.

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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