Joseph Mallord William Turner

Verses (Inscription by Turner)

c.1808

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 76 x 115 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06748
Turner Bequest CII 14 a

Catalogue entry

For the longer draft poems to which Turner’s verses belong, see Introduction to the sketchbook. 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:
Winter [sobbing winds inserted] thy sobs bespeak decay
But yet with melting Pity’s eye entwine
Thy garments round the Lyric shrine
In [May inserted] While memory sweet each Seasons play
may sign each parting day
Turner continues to meditate on a monument to James Thomson, poet of the Seasons (1730); see folio 13 verso (D06746) for comment.

David Blayney Brown
March 2007

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