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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Inscription by Turner: Names and Addresses ?1794

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Inscription by Turner: Names and Addresses ?1794
Pencil right on white wove paper, 212 x 276 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘for Wm Blake Esqre | Newhouse | to the Care of Mr. Collins Booksr. | on the Canal –’ top
Stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
This inscription, on one half of a folded sheet (the recto of this half being D00334; Turner Bequest XXI H 1), is not mentioned in Finberg’s 1909 Turner Bequest catalogue.1 William Blake of Newhouse was to become a significant patron of Turner’s in the later 1790s; this is the first record of contact between them. Blake may have been taught drawing by Turner: a watercolour by Blake in Turner’s style is in the British Museum, London (1962–11–10–1).2
It is possible that Blake commissioned a view of Valle Crucis based on the drawing on the other half of the recto of this sheet (D00335; Turner Bequest XXI H 2). No watercolour answering to that description is known, but an ambitious finished work (Tate D00703; Turner Bequest XXVIII R), which shows the ruins in a different view, may have been intended for him.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.33.
See Martin Butlin, Andrew Wilton and John Gage, Turner 1775–1851, exhibition catalogue, Royal Academy, London 1974, pp.176–7 no.B18.

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Inscription by Turner: Names and Addresses ?1794 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 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-names-and-addresses-r1141060, accessed 26 May 2020.