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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Two Diagrams c.1814-16

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Inside Front Cover:
Two Diagrams c.1814–16
Pencil on white wove paper with gilt edges, 179 x 254 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This endpaper is not mentioned in Finberg’s Turner Bequest Inventory.1 There are two rough pencil drawings, perhaps geometric diagrams: to the left, a circle with short converging lines below it, and an arc or arch towards the top centre.
See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, pp.380–3.
Technical notes:
The paste-down is heavily stained across the left-hand three quarters, matching the staining on the outer cover. The overlaps from the leather corners and spine are also evident through the paper and the surface is rubbed and spotted. There is also a large irregular patch of blue-grey watercolour at the top right, probably a colour test connected with Turner’s watercolour of a kingfisher related to the drawing on folio 1 recto opposite (D09789).

Matthew Imms
July 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Two Diagrams c.1814–16 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2014, 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-two-diagrams-r1147344, accessed 26 July 2021.