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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Inscription by Turner 1819

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Label on Spine:
Inscription by Turner 1819
D40950
Turner Bequest
Black pen and ink on paper pasted onto leather, 17 x 119 mm
Inscribed by the artist in black ink on paper ‘[...]s Nap[...]’ centre of spine
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner labelled his sketchbooks on the spine so that he could refer to them with ease when they were stored on a shelf. This label is now almost totally illegible but Finberg recorded that the full inscription once read ‘12. Vesuvius. Napoli. V. Tomb. 1 Rt to Salerno. Paestum, and Return from Naples to Rome’.1

Nicola Moorby
August 2010

1
Finberg 1909, vol.I, p.550.

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Inscription by Turner 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-inscription-by-turner-r1138014, accessed 23 January 2022.