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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Eton; Ramsgate; Recipe for Green Paint (Inscription by Turner) c.1816-19

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Verso:
Eton; Ramsgate; Recipe for Green Paint (Inscription by Turner) circa 1816–19
Turner Bequest CXL 2a
Pencil on white wove paper, 95 x 155 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Ramsgate’ top left, by upper subject; ‘Eton’ lower right, inverted, below lower subject; ‘3 Raglan/Rayner Place Chelsea | 1 Gower Place Euston Sq’ left, descending vertically; and with recipe (see main catalogue entry) centre left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The two sketches, of Ramsgate and Eton College among trees, are drawn at top and bottom of the leaf. There are more views of Eton on folios 11, 14 verso and 15 of the sketchbook (D10430, D10437, D10438) and of Ramsgate running from folio 22 verso (D10451).
The recipe, written at left, is as follows:
4 Pounds of Roman Vitriol
a Kettle of boiling water
2 Pounds of Peat ash
¼ of yellow Arsenic makes a
good green, for walls equal to oil
This is a version of a common mixture for green paint.

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Eton; Ramsgate; Recipe for Green Paint (Inscription by Turner) c.1816–19 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 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-eton-ramsgate-recipe-for-green-paint-inscription-by-turner-r1131396, accessed 16 May 2022.