J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Cow Drinking c. 1801

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 1 Recto:
A Cow Drinking c. 1801
Turner Bequest LXII 1
Pencil on cream laid writing paper, 117 x 184 mm
Partial watermark ‘king
Inscribed by Turner in ink ‘106’ on parchment label tipped in at gutter
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘1’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXII 1’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The title is Finberg’s;1 the drawing has become so faint as to be hardly legible. For a general discussion of the cattle which form the exclusive subject of this sketchbook, see the Introduction, and for Turner’s numbered label, see the technical notes there.
Finberg 1909, I, p.164.
Technical notes:
The page is stained and spotted, with smears of blue-green colour.
Blank; inscribed by the Executors of the Turner Bequest, Henry Scott Trimmer, Charles Turner, Charles Lock Eastlake and John Prescott Knight, in ink ‘No 220. | Ten leaves. containing | Cattle Ten Cattle some | in Colors – ∙ – | H S Trimmer | C Turner’ and in pencil ‘C.L.E.’ and ‘JPK’ top left.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Cow Drinking c. 1801 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-cow-drinking-r1178327, accessed 24 May 2022.