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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Views ?near Birmingham 1830

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Recto:
Views ?near Birmingham 1830
Turner Bequest CCXL 4
Pencil and pen and pen and ink on white wove paper, 110 x 68 mm
Partial watermark ‘er | 27’
Inscribed by Turner in ink with financial notes (see main catalogue entry), and in pencil ‘[?Cows]’ and ‘[?L...]’ above centre, below drawing
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘4’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCXL – 4’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned vertically with the gutter at the top, Turner made the following notes in ink:
New Ann: pay Apl & Oct:
            326 .    5 .    6
The note refers to biannual interest payments on Turner’s long-term annuity investments. For similar financial notes on adjacent pages, see under folio 1 recto (D22323).
With the page turned vertically the other way, Turner made what appear to be two sketches. The top one is brief, showing spires or chimneys above a horizon. The second shows chimneys or spires beyond low buildings and trees, and Turner seems to have noted ‘Cows’ in the vicinity. Adjacent pages show Birmingham, which may be the subject here too. For other Birmingham views, see under folio 3 recto (D22327).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Views ?near Birmingham 1830 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 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-views-near-birmingham-r1148479, accessed 26 January 2022.