Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches at Windsor; Addresses; Arithmetic &c (Inscriptions by Turner)

c.1815–16

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 95 × 155 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10573
Turner Bequest CXL 82 a

Catalogue entry

For Windsor Castle in this sketchbook and a connection with Turner’s watercolour (British Museum, London)1 made in the late 1820s for Picturesque Views in England and Wales, see note to folio 9 verso (D10427).
Turner’s inscriptions read: ‘2 Southampton Ter[race]’ and ‘Mr Duval 2 Clonmel/Clarence | Pl Ter’ right, descending vertically, ‘Westall 150’ right of centre, descending vertically. The last name is presumably that of the artist William Westall (1781–1850) who joined with Turner in the syndicate of shareholders for Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England.2 Turner owned a Descent from the Cross by Westall’s half-brother Richard (1765–1836).
There is also some arithmetic. At left, running vertically:
1      10  
        1     6  
1      10     0  
        1  
        2     6  
2      15     0  
At right, descending vertically:
 75  
 25  
100  
 
 80  
 18v
 98v
 40  
130  
There are also separate numbers, ‘2’, ‘7’ and ‘6’. There is more arithmetic facing on folio 91 (D10574; Turner Bequest CXL 83).

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.397 no.829.
2
Ledger Book of John Murray, ‘A’, p.1; Eric Shanes, Turner’s Rivers, Harbours and Coasts, London 1981, p.156 note 12; Richard J. Westall, ‘The Westall Brothers’, Turner Studies, vol.4, no.1, Summer 1984, pp.32, 37 note 96.

Read full Catalogue entry

You might like

In the shop