Joseph Mallord William Turner

Barges Sailing, and Verses (Inscription by Turner)

c.1808

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 76 x 115 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06803
Turner Bequest CII 42 a

Catalogue entry

For the longer draft poems to which Turner’s verses belong, see Introduction to the sketchbook. Finberg did not transcribe the verses on this leaf, and the reading given here was made by Rosalind Mallord Turner for the 1990 Tate exhibition:
Till nature kind inspiring touch our air
Bid the airy strain and all sky
Strung all thy monody with mothers care
Her nature kind inspiring air
Tunes the[e] to sweetness with impartial care

David Blayney Brown
March 2007

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