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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Inscription by Turner: Notes c.1834-6

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Verso:
Inscription by Turner: Notes c.1834–6
Turner Bequest CCXCI b 9a
Pencil on white wove paper, 101 x 77 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil (see main catalogue entry)
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned vertically, there are some eight lines of handwriting, some comprising single words, with only occasional common words such as ‘and the’ and ‘for’ being readily legible; any attempt to read sense into the rest would necessarily be highly speculative, although the word at the top right may be a day of the week. The text is even more obscure than the names and associated data on folio 1 verso (D28791), and presumably comprises a typically scrawled note of pressing business.
Technical notes:
At the bottom left and right are blots of watercolour wash offset from the horizontal composition on folio 10 recto opposite (D28801).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Inscription by Turner: Notes c.1834–6 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2014, 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-r1149030, accessed 26 January 2022.