Joseph Mallord William TurnerVerses (Inscription by Turner) c.1808

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Verses (Inscription by Turner)
From Greenwich Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CII
Date c.1808
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 76 x 115 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CII 8
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Recto:
Verses (Inscription by Turner) circa 1808
Turner Bequest CII 8
Inscribed by Turner in pencil (see main catalogue entry) on white wove paper, 76 x 115 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
For the longer draft poems to which Turner’s verses belong, see Introduction to the sketchbook and note to folio 1 verso (D06722). Finberg did not transcribe the verses on this leaf and the reading given here was first made by Rosalind Mallord Turner for the 1990 Tate exhibition:
Disporting on thy margin green
The paths of pleasure trace
Who foremost move delight to cleave
With pliant wave thy glassy waves
To chase the rolling circle speed
Or urge the flying ball

David Blayney Brown
March 2007

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