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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Inscription by Turner: ?Notes for a Continental Itinerary c.1817-19

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 36 Verso:
Inscription by Turner: ?Notes for a Continental Itinerary c.1817–19
Turner Bequest CLXIX 36a
Pencil on white wove paper, 87 x 119 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil (see main catalogue entry)
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the upper half of the page is taken up with the following notes, presented here as equivalent individual lines as the sense is unclear. The handwriting is illegible in parts and the soft pencil is rather rubbed. In all, the transcription should be taken as highly tentative:
Done’s Hackert Runhardt
at Heigilin the B[...]
P. H [...]d to Done’s or show
Done’s where [?road] to be [?taken] then Pass
thus far [?Kirtesbau], [?H is] of Italy [?2...]
The inscription appears to relate to Germany and also mentions Italy, and perhaps represents an itinerary. Turner had travelled in Germany in 1817, but his subsequent major tour of Italy involved outward and return journeys through France instead, as set out in Nicola Moorby’s Introduction to the ‘First Italian Tour 1819–20’ of this catalogue. There are notes concerning a potential series of Rhine views stemming from the 1817 tour on folios 7 recto and verso, 8 recto and 35 recto (D13763–D13765, D13804), and a few sketches possibly made on or relating to the German tour on other pages (see the sketchbook’s Introduction).

Matthew Imms
September 2013

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Inscription by Turner: ?Notes for a Continental Itinerary c.1817–19 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-notes-for-a-continental-itinerary-r1147529, accessed 18 April 2021.