Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Studies of Buildings and Two Sketches of Man Wearing a Tricorn Hat; and Inscriptions by Turner


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 111 × 186 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Catalogue entry

Turner has used the inside front cover of the sketchbook to make three small sketches and also some written notes and calculations. At the top of the page is a study of an unidentified building with the accompanying inscription, ‘P [?Wales]’ and ‘Antonio Vigioro [?els] de [?Aborgista] Palazza’.
With the sketchbook inverted the artist has furthermore made a very rough, schematic drawing of an unknown building, or group of buildings, and two studies of a man in a coat wearing a tricorn hat. In the corner there is a sum which appears to relate to the artist’s travelling expenses: ‘14 | 5 francs for [?food] | 75 | 3 15 | 1 [?p...] [...] | 3’.
The page has also been numbered ‘284’ as part of the Turner Schedule in 1854 and endorsed by the executors of the Turner Bequest, Henry Scott Trimmer, Charles Turner, John Prescott Knight and Charles Lock Eastlake.

Nicola Moorby
January 2013

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