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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Itineraries (Inscription by Turner) 1808

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 1 Recto:
Itineraries (Inscription by Turner) 1808
Turner Bequest CVII 1
Inscribed by Turner in ink (see main catalogue entry) on white wove paper, 109 x 186 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘2’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CVII 2’ [sic] bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner’s notes read: ‘Manchest[er]. Halifax. Bradford to Otley 8 ½ ... 9 ½ | 12 Huddersfield Morley Leeds 10 Otley 10 ½ Congleton’.
Turner gives two possible routes from Manchester to Otley, in anticipation of his first visit to Walter Fawkes at Farnley Hall just north-east of the town. Wilkinson remarks that Manchester is ‘not exactly on the way from London to Leeds’ but in fact Turner had previously been staying at Tabley, near Knutsford, with Sir John Leicester and thence had gone north to Lancashire, the Ribble Valley and the Craven Dales. He is unlikely to have taken either of the routes given here as the Tabley No.1 sketchbook (Tate D06830–D06857; D40065; D40720–D40721; Turner Bequest CIII) shows him at Whalley Bridge, Giggleswick and Malham.
Other places and distances, including routes from Knutsford and to Otley, are given inside the back cover of the sketchbook (D07256).

David Blayney Brown
October 2010

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Itineraries (Inscription by Turner) 1808 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 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-itineraries-inscription-by-turner-r1135917, accessed 20 June 2024.