Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Valley with a Town and Distant Mountains, and Verses (Inscriptions by Turner)


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Ink and graphite on paper
Support: 108 x 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CVI 3 a

Catalogue entry

The pencil sketch (not mentioned by Finberg), mainly of a building with a tower but not necessarily a church, is an extension of the subject on folio 4 (D07137). The location is unidentified.

For Turner’s verse, written in pencil and ink, Rosalind Mallord Turner’s reading for the 1990 Tate exhibition is largely followed here:
[in ink] Few the sweets that Autumn yields
Far roams the Bee on ...fields
Few cheerfull mornings gild the skies
But fog or Rain oer uplands flies
The long drawn Vale where smiling ether glowd
Show’d every stream that slowly glittering flow’d
[two illegible lines in pencil]
In sallow weeds the deluge rampage lies
[in pencil] The long lost age with early fondness trace
Each [?] or spin amid the chequered space
[in ink]The driving rain denies the eye to trace
The Pine clad height or [denies the view]
This is another attempt at the opening stanzas of a poem about autumn, following two other versions on folio 2 verso of the sketchbook (D07134).

David Blayney Brown
July 2010

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