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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Inscription by Turner: Title of Sketchbook 1817

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Label on Spine:
Inscription by Turner: Title of Sketchbook 1817
Ink on white wove paper, 26 x 48 mm, laid on leather spine of sketchbook, 240 x 15 mm
Inscribed by Turner in ink ‘115 Raby’, ascending vertically up spine
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
In the absence of specific evidence, this inscription is dated here to 1817 in line with the rest of the sketchbook, although David Hill has suggested that Turner probably added such labels during a general review of his sketchbooks in about 1821 or 1822.1

Matthew Imms
February 2010

See David Hill, ‘The Landscape of Imagination and the Sense of Place: Turner’s Sketching Practice’ in Maurice Guillaud, Nicholas Alfrey, Andrew Wilton and others, Turner en France, exhibition catalogue, Centre Culturel du Marais, Paris 1981, pp.143, 147 note 34.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Inscription by Turner: Title of Sketchbook 1817 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 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-title-of-sketchbook-r1139452, accessed 21 July 2018.