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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Printed Page of Coltman's 'British Itinerary' 1811

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 13 Recto:
Printed Page of Coltman’s ‘British Itinerary’
Turner Bequest CXXIII 13
Engraved text (see main catalogue entry) on white wove printing paper, 117 x 75 mm
Part watermark ‘W Di
Inscribed twice by John Ruskin in red ink ‘13’ top right and bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXIII – 13’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The whole page is taken up with the following printed text:
The inaccuracy & magnitude of works of this | kind, are so much objected to by travellers, that | the proprietors of the present undertaking, | are induced to offer the public a neat pocket | volume of the Roads of Great Britain; comprising | the most direct and usual travelling route, to | every Borough & commercial Town in the Kingdom | with the most frequented cross roads. To make | it more concise, obscure villages are omitted; & | those only noticed, where the traveller may | receive accommodation and enjoy convenience. | The seats of the Nobility and Gentry, as they are | so frequently changing their owners, are also | omitted; but blank pages are left to contain | the traveller’s observations.
Every attention has been paid to correctness, | & it is hoped that the work is as free as from error, | as the nature of it will admit; yet every sugges- | tion to render it more perfect will be thankfully | received. The proprietors trust that the very | heavy expence [sic] they have incurred, by engraving | it on copper, in preference to the less elegant | but cheaper mode of letter-press, will be consi- | dered as a proof that nothing will be omitted to | give it every degree of accuracy, and utility | which it is capable of receiving.
Communications addressed to either of the | publishers will be attended to.
For a concordance of the interleaved pages of the British Itinerary, see the introduction to the sketchbook.

Matthew Imms
June 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Printed Page of Coltman’s ‘British Itinerary’ by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2011, 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-printed-page-of-coltmans-british-itinerary-r1136862, accessed 03 December 2020.