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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Inscription by Turner: A Note on Work in Progress c.1808-18

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 17 Recto:
Inscription by Turner: A Note on Work in Progress c.1808–18
D12148
Turner Bequest CLIV a 17
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 89 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil (see main catalogue entry)
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘17’ top right, ascending vertically (smudged)
Stamped in black ‘CLIV (a) – 17’ top right, ascending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned vertically, the top third or so is taken up with the following notes in pencil:
 180      108 
  –        60 all finished 
   6       48 [?un...] among 6.  
            8 each Artist [?of the finished]  
           12 slightly finished.  
The significance of these notes and figures is not clear from their isolated context, but they appear to be tallies of work at various stages of completion by Turner and/or others, perhaps relating to a shared engraving project.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
September 2013

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Inscription by Turner: A Note on Work in Progress c.1808–18 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-on-work-in-progress-r1147564, accessed 28 November 2021.