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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Inscription by Turner: A Date ?1811

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Front Cover:
Inscription by Turner: A Date ?1811
Pen and ink on reddish-brown leather over board, 93 x 122 mm
Inscribed by Turner in ink ‘1811’ top centre
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monograph top left
Stamped in black ‘CXIV’ top right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As Maurice Davies has shown,1 the sketchbook must have been used for Turner’s research on perspective as early as 1809, and the book may have been in use in 1808, as discussed in the Introduction. The particular significance of Turner’s ‘1811’ is unclear, and it may simply be a doodle made in the course of that year.

Matthew Imms
January 2012

Maurice William Davies, ‘J.M.W. Turner’s Approach to Perspective in his Royal Academy Lectures of 1811’, unpublished Ph.D thesis, Courtauld Institute of Art, London 1994, pp.286–7.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Inscription by Turner: A Date ?1811 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2012, 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-inscription-by-turner-a-date-r1134733, accessed 27 January 2022.