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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Man Fishing and Figures in a Boat; Inscriptions by Turner 1808-20

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Inside Front Cover:
A Man Fishing and Figures in a Boat; Inscriptions by Turner 1808–20
D40628
Turner Bequest
Pencil on white wove paper, 108 x 185 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Red’ and ‘W’ right of image, an extensively with arithmetic (see main catalogue entry), inverted
Stamped in black ‘CV’ bottom right, inverted
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner’s notes read:
12 300 Nvy P      14 Oct 1820 
  6 122   50  P 
           3 Nov 1820 
 
72 
72 
20 
20 
14 
14 
20 
  238 
 
3 | 238
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     79 
      4 
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    318 
 
3 18 yds  15 
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18 
These figures seem to record financial transactions, including Navy Notes, and dimensions. The latter are likely to relate to work to Turner’s Queen Anne Street West gallery, for which there are a number of drawings and plans in the sketchbook (see Introduction).

David Blayney Brown
February 2011

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘A Man Fishing and Figures in a Boat; Inscriptions by Turner 1808–20 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-man-fishing-and-figures-in-a-boat-inscriptions-by-turner-r1134500, accessed 23 May 2022.