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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Inscription by Turner: Notes on French Grammar c.1799

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Inside Front Cover:
Inscription by Turner: Notes on French Grammar c.1799
D40766
Ink and pencil on white wove paper, 130 x 79 mm
Inscribed by Turner in brown ink and pencil with extensive notes (see main catalogue entry)
Inscribed by the Executors of the Turner Bequest in brown ink and pencil (see main catalogue entry)
Inscribed in pencil ‘XLVI’ bottom left
Stamped in black ‘XLVI’ bottom left
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Over half the page is taken up with the following notes in pen and brown ink:
<Pronoun> Pronouns
Sin. Plural
Moi or je I. Nous we
Toi or tu thou. Vous you
Lui he . eau [sic] or ils they
or them
elle – she elles – / they
[?G] de soi one self Pronouns
[?a] soi one self. Possesive [sic]
Moimême. myself | Mon – my my
Toi –––––––– thyself | Ma –– my
Lui –––––––– him |
elle –––––––– herself | Ton –– thy Te[s]
soi –––––––– one self | Ta –– Tes
nous . ourselfs | Son his ses
vous yourselfs | Sa her ses
eux } themselfs |
elles } | Relative Pro:
Notre our nos Le mien mine
votre your vos La tien
leur their leurs Le tien thine
Le sien his Le notre ours
Le votre yours
Le leur theirs
The first attempt at a heading is smudged and partially deleted, as is ‘La tien’ in the fifth line from the end. See also the French grammar notes on the recto and verso of the front flyleaf (D40767–D40768).
Turner has also written ‘Mr Lowther’ in pencil at the bottom right, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation. Otherwise, the lower part of the page has been filled with the endorsement of the Executors of the Turner Bequest, Henry Scott Trimmer, Charles Lock Eastlake and John Prescott Knight, in brown ink ‘No 379 | 85 leaves of pencil | pen ink – & colour | H.S. Trimmer’ and in pencil ‘C.L.E.’ and ‘JPK’ at the bottom left.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Inscription by Turner: Notes on French Grammar c.1799 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-on-french-grammar-r1179847, accessed 30 November 2020.