Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscriptions by Turner: A Draft of Poetry


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 76 x 98 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 16 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the whole page is taken up with seven lines of about five or six words each except for the fourth, which seems to comprise one complete word; they are continuous from the shorter lines on the fragment to the left opposite (D41227), which feature capitalised first letters suggesting a draft of verse. Many words are illegible, but a tentative attempt at the whole passage is given below, with the gutter indicated by vertical strokes:
D[...] by the | [...] Love[...] [word inserted below]
Dark w[...] | [...] the [...]
As the [...] | oil renewed the [?flickering] Lamp
With [...] | [... ?Strength]
This ... | [... ?when] the Lover lost
[... | ...]
[... ?B | old ...]
For the several pages of poetry in this sketchbook and a discussion of their theme, see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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