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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Accounts c.1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 1 Recto:
Accounts circa 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXVI 1
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 187 mm
Inscribed in brown ink by Turner at the top right
Inscribed in brown ink by Charles Turner ‘No 342 Contains 75 Leaves Pencil | Sketches on both sides – C Turner’ left running vertically
Inscribed in pencil by John Prescott Knight ‘JPK’ and in pencil by Charles Lock Eastlake ‘CLE’ above Charles Turner’s inscription running vertically
Inscribed in blue ink by John Ruskin ‘1’ top left and ‘342’ top right running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXVI 1’ top right running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner left this page blank other than a column of numbers at the top right of the page:
–         9 
          2 – 6 
P   –    12 
          6 6 
This looks like an addition, though it is hard to see how Turner reached 66, 6.6 or 6 and 6 from any combination of the numbers above (it is not certain whether ‘2–6’ means 26, 2.6 or 2 and 6). The calculation is either wrong (it should have been 64), or the numbers are not an addition.
Other inscriptions on the page were made by Turner’s executors, by A.J. Finberg, and probably by John Ruskin (see inscription line above).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Accounts c.1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2009, 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-accounts-r1134129, accessed 22 June 2021.