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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Inscriptions by Turner: Accounts c.1813

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 14 Recto:
Inscriptions by Turner: Accounts c.1813
Turner Bequest CXXII 14
Pen and ink and pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 69 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pen and ink and pencil (see main catalogue entry)
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘14’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CXXII – 14’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned vertically, there is a single line in pencil below the gutter concluding an extensive inscription beginning on folio 13 verso opposite (D08304). Like the rest of the passage, it is effectively illegible.
Below this line are the following accounts in pounds, shillings and pence, in ink except for the total and the underlining above it, which are in pencil:
            July 21 1813   
           C.   .   R.    N .    
          1600       2693 . 9 3, – 4406.8.10   
            June 16 260   
            July 21 400   
                        3353, 9, 3   
The total for the central column is offset to the right because of a separate sum, scribbled with a rather blunt pencil, which commences just below the penultimate line, and was presumably already there:
            1    [i.e.1000] 
There is a separate calculation of the sum of the figures in the upper inscription on folio 13 verso opposite (D08304). ‘C’ stands for Consols (consolidated stock) and ‘R’ for Reduced stocks. The figure for Navy (‘N’) stocks, £4406 eight shillings and ten pence, appears again on folios 12 verso, 13 recto and verso and 14 verso (D08302, D08303, D08306) and in the Hastings sketchbook (Tate D07670; Turner Bequest CXI 49). ‘260’, with the associated date 16 June 1813 also occurs on D08302 and undated in a sum on folio 15 recto (D08307). ‘4401’, in the second sum, is also on folio 8 verso (D08296). The total ‘3353, 9, 3’ under the upper central column may be related to the ‘3393’ given on D08306 and D08307. For more on Turner’s finances as set out in the extensive notes in this sketchbook, see the Introduction.
Technical notes
Ruskin’s folio number is unusually far from the corner, and the Finberg number is stamped over it.

Matthew Imms
September 2013

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Inscriptions by Turner: Accounts c.1813 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2013, 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-inscriptions-by-turner-accounts-r1147781, accessed 23 June 2024.