Joseph Mallord William Turner

Verses (Inscriptions by Turner)

c.1808

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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
D06810
Turner Bequest CII 46

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 made by Rosalind Mallord Turner for the 1990 Tate exhibition:
Her Prayers then repeated in hope closed her eyes
That Kind heaven would drive from her pillow
The Phantom dim sprite as he fled often sighs
Thy Lover he is save’d from the Billow
This passage is a variant of one on folio 45 verso (D06809).

David Blayney Brown
March 2007

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