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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Inscription by Turner: Place Names c.1797

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Front Cover:
Inscription by Turner: Place Names c.1797
D40560
?Goauche on calf leather cover of sketchbook, 277 x 220 mm
Inscribed by Turner in brush and ?goauche ‘Derbyshire | Yorkshire | Durham | Northumberland | Tweeddale Scot | Lincolnshire | Northamptonshire’ across centre, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg notes that the inscription was ‘in colour’;1 this is no longer apparent, and the effect of biting into the leather suggests an iron-gall ink. A similar medium was probably used for the inscription on the cover of the contemporary Tweed and Lakes sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest XXXV).

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.69.

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Inscription by Turner: Place Names c.1797 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-inscription-by-turner-place-names-r1150059, accessed 27 May 2024.