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.......-OUR LONDON CORRESPONDENT.

NEWS NOTES.

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! A SURREY WONDER.

THE KEEPERSHIP OF THE RA.

TURNER'S FIRST EXHIBITED PICTURE.

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TURNER'S FIRST EXHIBITED PICTURE. A picture of considerable interest to art collectors and the public generally will shortly be offered for sale. The title of the picture is given as "The Archbishop's Palace, Lambeth," and it was the first drawing exhibited by Turner at the Royal Academy. In the catalogue of 1790 it appears as being the. work of J. W. Turner, Maiden-lane, Covent-garden." Thornbury, in his Life," refers several times to this early drawing, stating that it is now in the possession of Miss Dart, of Bristol." Miss Dart was a niece of Turner's old friend, John Narraway, and the drawing remained in her possession until 1868. afterwards passing out of her hands. The picture next came into the hands of a Mr. Courtault, of Braintree, in whose hands it remained until his death, which took place some six years igo,4 when his effects were sold, and most of his pictures came into the possession of a local furniture dealer. This man, who in all probability had never heard of Turner, put it away among some old lumber at the back of his shop; the present owner, seeing some pictures in "the window when passing, went in and turned over the whole stock, with fruitless results. The picture was recently sent to Messrs. Vokins for reframing, and they discovered a record of having framed it in 1868. The writing on the picture is quoted in part in,the Life of Turner," and the age of the artist is com- nafented upon. The full inscription, which has been protected under glasr at the back of fbe- frame, is The Archbishop's Palace, Lambeth (London), done by J. M. W. Turner, when a lad about 16 or 17 years of age his first picture in the exhibition at Somerset House, and afterwards'given bv himself to his old friend Mr. John Narraway, of Broad-road, Bristol, about the year 1790 or 91." Double interest attaches to it as being not only the first Turner exhibited on the walls of the Academybut a pictorial record of a great historic building, kg. it appeared in the closing years of the last century.

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