Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: A Draft of Poetry

c.1830

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 76 x 98 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35810
Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 29

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the whole page is taken up with often illegible lines of verse, tentatively transcribed here:
Th[...] on the lonely shore the bold
brave Lover stands
[...] upon the fair Evening [?skies]
[?Shine forth, fair Venus] in the w[...]
Sky [...] the A[...]
the pale strand and [?its very]
Wave
[...] with [...] the [?will in]
[...] by [? ‘light’ or ‘night’] hid the distant shore
And half obscurd his [...] Eye [?the]
The first two lines reflect Jack Lindsay’s reading.1 For the several pages of poetry in this sketchbook and a discussion of their theme informed by previous commentators, see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

1
Linday 1966, p.197.

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