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
D41227

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, and not numbered specifically by Finberg but described as a ‘fragment’,1 the surviving portion of this page includes the beginnings of lines of verse in a scrawled and near-illegible hand, continuing across the full width of folio 16 verso opposite (D35788), under which a fragmentary attempt at a transcription is made. For the several pages of poetry in this sketchbook and a discussion of their theme, see the Introduction.
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.1177.
Technical notes:
Two thirds of the leaf have been torn away, leaving a stub extending some 33 mm at its widest, compared with the 98 mm of the intact pages.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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