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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Inscription by Turner: Notes Concerning a Commission ?1801

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 28 Recto:
Inscription by Turner: Notes Concerning a Commission ?1801
Turner Bequest XLV 28
Ink on white wove paper, 329 x 225 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pen and brown ink ‘T Lister Barker [sic]. 40 Guineas Lomond’ top left
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘28’ top left, upside down
Stamped in black ‘XLV-28’ top left, upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
In his inscription, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, Turner has misspelt his patron’s name: he was Thomas Lister Parker, of Browsholme Hall, in the Trough of Bowland. As David Hill and Stanley Warburton point out,1 this note would seem to have been made in 1801 or thereafter, since it was in that year that Turner first visited Loch Lomond, on his tour to the Scottish Highlands. The price of 40 guineas suggests, as they note, that the picture in question was an oil painting.
Turner made a watercolour of Browsholme Hall (private collection),2 engraved in 1800 for Thomas Dunham Whitaker’s History of Whalley (Tate impression: T05931); Turner probably stayed with Parker, as he seems to have done with Whitaker (see folios 14 verso–15 recto; D01928–D01929). However, no preparatory drawing is known, though one must have existed. It may have been on one of the leaves torn from this book, and this manuscript note seems to indicate that Turner met Parker on this tour.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

See Hill and others 1980, p.75.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.332 no.291, reproduced.

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Inscription by Turner: Notes Concerning a Commission ?1801 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-inscription-by-turner-notes-concerning-a-commission-r1177829, accessed 19 September 2021.