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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Inscription by Turner: A Note Concerning a Delivery 1814

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Inscription by Turner: A Note Concerning a Delivery 1814
Pen and ink on white laid paper, 85 x 50 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pen and ink (see main catalogue entry)
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This note is on the verso of a printed slip with handwritten charges for carriage and porterage from the Saracen’s Head, a London coaching inn (D08356; CXXII (1)). The slip is one of a grouping of four loose papers kept in the integral pocket inside the front cover of the Finance sketchbook (D40898). Two others (D08357, D08358; Turner Bequest CXXII (2), (3)) are pre-printed Bank of England slips with manuscript additions. A fourth is a much-folded sheet of accounts (D08359, D40900; Turner Bequest CXXII (4) and verso).
The upper half is taken up with the following note:
        Weight 40½ [‘lb’ inserted above] | Came Thursday week – |
        Jany 13 1814
Turner’s ‘lb’ signifies pounds, equating to about a weight of about 18 kilograms for the item(s). 13 January 1814 was a Thursday, so Turner may either have been writing on 20 January about an otherwise unspecified delivery the previous week, or on 13 January itself about the week before that.
Technical notes:
All but the left-hand edge are slightly irregular. The sheet has several long-standing creases, particularly along the vertical axis, and was perhaps casually folded on receipt of the bill on its recto.

Matthew Imms
September 2013

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Inscription by Turner: A Note Concerning a Delivery 1814 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-inscription-by-turner-a-note-concerning-a-delivery-r1147836, accessed 23 June 2024.