Joseph Mallord William Turner

Figures and Cottage; a Wild Rose, with Verses (Inscriptions by Turner)

1808

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Medium
Ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 185 x 108 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07254
Turner Bequest CVI 89 a

Catalogue entry

This leaf is variously drawn on and inscribed. The cottage and figures are drawn in pencil on the left, with the sketchbook inverted. The rose is drawn in ink at upper right of centre. Among several separate inscriptions, written with the book turned upright, there is a passage of verse:
[in pencil]My honor reard and as thy smoke aspire
[in ink] But pity’s sullen eye is brightest seen
When
In yon eglantined cottage beside the lea
?Josephine lived as happy as happy could be
For rich in content she neer heeded being poor
And many a Winter & Autumn blesst the door
Those that work hardest get the least for it
Some that are idle live with the most show
Then live
There is also some arithmetic:
[in pencil]
9206   50     4 March    8 
9207   50     30 July    8 
9208   100    17 Sep     8 
 
    22 
    22 
_______
    44 
_______ 
 
    48 
    48 
     8 
__________ 
5   109  4 
__________ 
7    35   7 
7    35   7 
7    35   7 
7    35   7 
7    35   7 
7    35   7 
7    35   7 
     35   7 
25   35   7 
15   35   7 
75   35   7 
___ 
105 
See also inside back cover

David Blayney Brown
July 2010

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