Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Sketches: Shakespeare’s Monument in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon (with Inscription by Turner); Arvier in the Val d’Aosta

1833 and 1836

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D29191
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 81 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains two sketches:
i. (main sketch, drawn inverted in relation to main numbered sequence of subjects in the sketchbook) Shakespeare’s Monument, in the Sanctuary of Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon- Avon; Turner has transcribed most of the inscription on the tablet, as follows:
Ivdicio Pylium, Genio [/] Socratem, arte Maronem,
[omits next line ‘Terra tegit, Populus Maeret, Olympus habet’]
[Original all in caps] Stay Pass [enger] why Goest Thou by so fast [?]
Read if thou canst whom Envious Death Hath Plast
Within this Monument Shakespeare with whom[e],
Quick Nature Did Whose Name Doth Deck ys Tomb,
Far more than Cost Sith al, y he Hath writt,
Leaves Living Art But page to serve his witt.

Obit ano do 1616
Aetatis 53 Die 23 April [the original reads Apr.]
See Introduction to the sketchbook for the presence of a small run of sketches at Stratford dating from 1833, as well as the majority of subjects dating from 1836 including the following.
ii. (left, with page held upright) The first sight of Arvier, looking down the Val d’Aosta, to Mont Emilius. This sketch can be related to the watercolour known as Tête Noire (National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin).1

David Hill
June 2010

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.473 no.1441.

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