Joseph Mallord William Turner

Verses (Inscription by Turner)

c.1808

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 76 x 115 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06735
Turner Bequest CII 8

Catalogue entry

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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