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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Part of a Figure at the Entrance to Dow Cave, near Kettlewell 1816

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Inside Front Cover:
Part of a Figure at the Entrance to Dow Cave, near Kettlewell 1816
D41497
Pencil on white wove paper, 125 x 206 mm
Inscribed by an unknown hand in pencil ‘4/’ and ‘3/0’ top left
Endorsed by the Executors of the Turner Bequest in ink ‘No 279 | Containing 44 Leaves Pencil Sketches | on both sides’, signed by Henry Scott Trimmer ‘H S Trimmer’ and Charles Turner ‘C Turner’ and initialled by Charles Lock Eastlake in pencil ‘C.L.E.’ and John Prescott Knight ‘JPK’
Inscribed by an unknown hand in pencil ‘CXLVII’ top left
Stamped in black ‘CXLVII’ top right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The inscriptions at the top left are presumably the bookseller’s prices in shillings and indicate a reduction from four to three, no doubt enhancing the book’s attraction for the artist. On the inside back cover (D40842) is the higher price of ‘4/6’.
Finberg did not remark the presence of pencil work at the right edge of the sheet, representing the left-hand continuation of a drawing of a figure at the entrance to Dow Cave on folio 1 opposite (D11442) as observed by the present writer.

David Hill
February 2009

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Part of a Figure at the Entrance to Dow Cave, near Kettlewell 1816 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-part-of-a-figure-at-the-entrance-to-dow-cave-near-kettlewell-r1143575, accessed 24 November 2020.