Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Tree, and a Fragment of Verse (Inscription by Turner)

c.1809–11

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 88 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07723
Turner Bequest CXI 83 a

Catalogue entry

Turner’s drawing and inscription are made with the sketchbook inverted. The inscription reads:
The writhing earth the Monstrous Python tore
The wounded Python on the rocky floor
Rolld each
For verses on the slaughter of the dragon Python by Apollo in this sketchbook, and their background, see chiefly note to folio 17 (D07617).

David Blayney Brown
May 2011

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